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RAFIKI by Wanuri Kahiu

  • 27 Jun 2019
  • 8:45 PM - 10:15 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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THU, JUNE 27, 8:45pm

Miami Theatrical Premiere Engagement!


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."

"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."


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