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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.

  • Director: Wanuri Kahiu
  • Country: Kenya
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2019
  • Run Time: 01:23:00
  • imdb Score: 6.3/10 (750 votes)
  • Language: English, Swahili
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Patricia Amira, Muthoni Gathecha, Jimmy Gathu, Nice Githinji
"But to merely describe what happens in RAFIKI would be to overlook its transporting sense of place, its striking visual pleasures and its credible and moving performances."
Justin Chang - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"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."
Ann Hornaday - WASHINGTON POST

"A lyrical ode to finding a kindred spirit amidst an uncaring majority."
Odie Henderson - ROGEREBERT.COM

"The film is sharp at rendering the hesitancy of their flirtation, as well as the forces - parental expectations, religion, an ever-watchful gossip - arrayed against them."
Ben Kenigsberg - NEW YORK TIMES

AWARDS

Chicago Int'l Film Festival 2018
Best Director

Bratislava Int'l Film Festival 2018
Viewers' Choice Award

LesGaiCineMad, Madrid Int'l LGBT Film Festival 2018
Best Film and Actress

Lucas - Int'l Festival of Films for Children and Young People 2018
Best Director

NewFest: New York's LGBT Film Festival 2018
Best Narrative

Carthage Film Festival 2018
Best Fiction feature film

FESTIVALS

Cannes Film Festival 2018

Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2018

Helsinki Int'l Film Festival 2018

Busan Int'l Film Festival 2018

Mill Valley Film Festival 2018

London Film Festival 2018

Philadelphia Int'l Film Festival 2018

Denver Int'l Film Festival 2018

Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival 2019

Int'l Film Festival Rotterdam 2019

Dublin Film Festival 2019

Portland International Film Festival 2019

Giffoni Film Festival 2018

Zurich Film Festival 2018

Adelaide Film Festival 2018

and more...