Opens April 26, 2019
Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, Rafiki won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation. Featuring remarkable performances by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, Rafiki is a hip tale of first love "reminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee" (Screen Daily).
Kena and Ziki have long been told that "good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives" - but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety. Rafiki bursts with the colorful street style and music of Nairobi's vibrant youth culture.
- Director: Wanuri Kahiu
- Principal Cast: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Patricia Amira, Dennis Musyoka
- Country: Kenya
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 83 minutes
- Producer: Steven Markovitz
- Screenplay: Wanuri Kahiu, Jenna Cato Bass
- Cinematographers: Christopher Wessels
- Language: English, Swahili
- Has Subtitles: Yes