5 APRIL 20.30
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Director: Wanuri Kahiu Country: Kenya, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France, Norway, Lebanon Year: 2018 Runtime: 83 minutes Language: English, Swahili Subtitles: English Genre: Drama
“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki
long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their
families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each
other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society where samesex relations are criminalized, with a jail sentence of up to 14 years. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.
I have always wanted to tell a modern, African love story. Growing
up, we rarely saw films about young Africans in love. We watched
many Europeans and Americans fall in love on our screens over and
over: but never us. I was in my late teens when I saw a young African
couple kiss on screen, and I still remember the thrill, surprise, wonder and how the film disrupted my idea of romance.
– Wanuri Kahiu
Original title: Rafiki Screenplay: Wanuri Kahiu, Jenna Cato Bass, Monica Arac de Nyeko (short story Jambula Tree)