RAFIKI

Directed By Wanuri Kahiu
Kenya/South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France/Norway/Lebanon | 2018 | 83 min


EVENT INFORMATION


PITTSBURGH PREMIERE!

Sunday, March 24, 2019
3:00pm
 @ McConomy Auditorium, CMU


Buy tickets here!

 

SECOND SCREENING!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
4:00pm
 @ Carlow University, Gailliot Center

Free and open to the public!

EVENT INCLUDES:

  • Q&A with Idrissou Mora-Kpai, Filmmaker & Pitt Professor, and Randall Halle, Chair of Pitt Film Studies
  • Food Reception catered by Tana Ethiopian Cuisine


CO-SPONSORED BY: Pitt’s German Film Fund, CMU’s Humanities Scholars Program, CAUSE & Center for Diversity & Inclusion

PROMOTIONAL PARTNER: Reel Q Pittsburgh International LGBT Film Festival

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Dreams of Hope & Black Unicorn Library and Archives Project

PRESENTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH: Carlow University


ABOUT THE FILM


“The Afropop-heavy soundscape and visually vibrant chemistry between two promising actresses make Rafiki more than just a 'defiant and necessary' film. It comes across as a feeling.”
– Rahul Desai, Film Companion Reviews

The first Kenyan film to screen at Cannes & banned in its home country, RAFIKI bursts onto the screen with fresh energy. “Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. A tender tale of forbidden first love told in an electric, colorful Afropop style, RAFIKI tells the story of the touching, but illegal romance between Kena, a skateboarding tomboy, and Ziki, the charismatic daughter of a conservative local politician. When rumors begin to swirl about the nature of their relationship, the young lovers find themselves in great jeopardy. Combined with the charming leads, Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, RAFIKI is another highlight in esteemed director Wanuri Kahiu’s filmography.

Watch the trailer here.


AWARDS:


  • Nominee, Cannes Film Festival, 2018, Queer Palm, Un Certain Regard Award
  • Bratislava International Film Festival, 2018, Viewers’ Choice Award
  • Carthage Film Festival, 2018, Best Actress, Best Music
  • Chicago International Film Festival, 2018, Silver Q-Hugo
  • LesGaiCineMad, Madrid International LGBT Film Festival, 2018, Audience Award for Best Feature Film, Best Acting
  • Lucas - International Festival of Films for Children and Young People, 2018, Bridging The Borders Award, Youngsters Award
  • NewFest: New York's LGBT Film Festival, 2018, Audience Award for Narrative Feature


ABOUT THE DIRECTOR




Born in Nairobi, Wanuri Kahiu is part of the new generation of African storytellers. In 2008, she completed her first feature film FROM A WHISPER, based on the real-life events surrounding the twin bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998. The film won numerous awards at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture. Her science fiction short, PUMZI (2010), went on to win Best Short Film at Cannes Independent Film Festival. Kahiu was named a TED Fellow in 2017 and World Economic Forum cultural leader in 2018. Kahui is part of AFROBUBBLEGUM, a collective of African artists whose ambition is to create fun, frivolous, and fierce work.