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

Rafiki - CinemaQ presents - Best of DFF41

Wanuri Kahiu

English, SwahiliEnglish SubtitlesKenya201883 minWebsite


No upcoming showtimes scheduled.


MUST END Thursday, May 23rd at the Sie FilmCenter! One of our best films from DFF41!

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