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Genre: LGBT drama
Programme
Synopsis

„Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives.” Young Kena is envisioning much more than that. Skateboarding around Nairobi in a baseball cap, she does not adhere to the feminine ideal of her conservative country. When she gets to know the confident and unconventional Ziki, she develops the courage to live her true identity and, for the first time, gives in to her feelings for another woman. However, as daughters from politically opposing families and living in a society that does not accept homosexuality, the fun-loving young women have chosen a difficult path. As the first Kenyan feature film represented at Cannes Film Festival and banned in its home country, „Rafiki” tells of female self-determination and the liberating power of love.

Director
Wanuri Kahiu

(1980)

Filmography
  • From a Whisper (2009)
  • Rafiki (2018)
Sat, 17.11.2018
9:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 5
020508
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 020508
Wed, 21.11.2018
7:15 pm
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
061707
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 061707
Sun, 25.11.2018
4:45 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
100806
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 100806
Film info
Countries: Kenya, South Africa, France, Lebanon, Norway, Netherlands, Germany
Year: 2018
Duration: 82 minutes
Languages: English, Swahili
Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Producer: Steven Markovitz
Writers: Wanuri Kahiu, Jenna Bass
DOP: Christopher Wessels
Montage: Isabelle Dedieu
Cast: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Jimmi Gathu, Nini Wacera, Dennis Musyoka
Productions: Big World Cinema, AFROBUBBLEGUM, MPM Film, Schortcut Films, Ape&Bjørn, Rinkel Film, Razor Film
Festivals: Cannes, Toronto, Zurich, Chicago, London, Warsaw
Synopsis

„Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives.” Young Kena is envisioning much more than that. Skateboarding around Nairobi in a baseball cap, she does not adhere to the feminine ideal of her conservative country. When she gets to know the confident and unconventional Ziki, she develops the courage to live her true identity and, for the first time, gives in to her feelings for another woman. However, as daughters from politically opposing families and living in a society that does not accept homosexuality, the fun-loving young women have chosen a difficult path. As the first Kenyan feature film represented at Cannes Film Festival and banned in its home country, „Rafiki” tells of female self-determination and the liberating power of love.

Director
Wanuri Kahiu

(1980)

Filmography
  • From a Whisper (2009)
  • Rafiki (2018)