Rafiki - CinemaQ presents - Best of DFF41 | Denver Film Society | Wanuri Kahiu | Kenya

Rafiki - CinemaQ presents - Best of DFF41

Wanuri Kahiu

English, SwahiliEnglish SubtitlesKenya201883 minWebsite

Overview

Opens Friday, May 3rd at the Sie FilmCenter! One of our best films from DFF41!
**Tickets on sale Apr 30**

Presented by CinemaQ

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” (Screen Daily) that’s “impossible not to celebrate” (Variety)!


Cinematographer: Christopher Wessels | Screenwriter: Wanuri Kahiu, Jenna Cato Bass / based on the short story by Monica Arac de Nyeko
Cast: Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji
Additional Countries: South Africa