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RAFIKI by Wanuri Kahiu

  • 22 Jun 2019
  • 3:40 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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SAT, JUNE 22, 3:40pm

Miami Theatrical Premiere Engagement!

RAFIKI

Director Wanuri Kahiu / Kenya/ English, Swahili / 83 min / Unrated


TRAILER: https://youtu.be/7M_-ucSaFpU

Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. 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.

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” that’s “impossible not to celebrate”!

"From its opening frames, Rafiki is bursting with life."
- AV CLUB

"For its formal simplicity and directness, "Rafiki" is a small revelation, not least because it marks the breakthrough of a filmmaker of such exhilarating, cheerfully courageous vision."

- WASHINGTON POST



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