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  • Director

    Wanuri Kahiu

  • Run Time

    82 mins

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    KenyaSouth AfricaFranceNetherlandsGermany

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Part of the Over the Rainbow Season


Bursting with the colourful street style and music of Nairobi's vibrant youth culture, Rafiki follows the development of love between two young women. Set in in a country that still criminalises homosexuality, the two very different girls must choose between love and safety surrounded by insular gossip, local politics and burgeoning maturity. Their magnetic pull draws us into a queer Romeo and Juliet, as they try to hide their relationship from their politically opposed fathers.

Rafiki was the first Kenyan film to be included in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes earlier this year, and was then controversially banned from being shown in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board.  


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