Directors: Wanuri Kahiu
Writers: Wanuri Kahiu, Jenna Bass

  • COUNTRY : Kenya, South Africa


Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) are two very different girls living in a Nairobi housing estate. Despite the political rivalry that exists between their families, the girls remain close friends, supporting each other in order to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. But when they fall in love, they are forced to choose between their safety and their love for each. Based on the award-winning short story Jambula Tree by Monica Arac de Nyeko, Rafiki received its debut screening earlier this year as part of the Un Certain Regard selection at Cannes, where it was rapturously received. In the words of the filmmaker, Wanuri Kahiu, this is "a story about all that is good and difficult about being in love, so that for those fortunate moments we are lifted above our prejudices." Rafiki is Kahiu's second feature film, and it's clear she has a wonderful eye for detail and lyricism. Filled with vision and vitality, this is an important film that deserves to garner as wide an audience as possible.

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