Rafiki

Rafiki

Rafiki

Selected for Cannes and banned in its home country, this Kenyan lesbian romance tells its love story within a conservative community.

"Young women Kena and Ziki both want more from life than the prospect of marriage and becoming a ‘good wife’. A political rivalry between their families suggests that the girls should be enemies, but when Kena meets the free-spirited and ambitious Ziki, she is drawn to her. This will be no easy love, as the couple face pressure from their families and prejudice from the broader community." (Sydney Film Festival)

201882 minsKenyaEnglish and Swahili with English subtitles
DramaRomanceWorld CinemaFestival & Independent

Rafiki / Reviews

The Guardian

The Guardian

This is a story that may have been told before, sure, but never in this context before. That alone seems worth celebrating.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A poignant but slender drama...

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Variety

Variety

If the film is uneven-with such an exuberant beginning and disappointingly rote climax-that may simply be because [director Wanuri] Kahiu wanted to communicate as many truths of her home country as she could.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

...the message is vital and Kahiu's artistic flourishes are vibrant...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

For all its flaws, Rafiki is so brimming with love and colour that it's impossible to dislike.

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