Location la: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Wanuri Kahiu. 2018, 82 mins. Digital projection. In English and Swahili with English subtitles. With Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva. Bursting with the colorful street style and 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. 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.