Directed By Wanuri Kahiu
Kenya/South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France/Norway/Lebanon | 2018 | 83 min
Sunday, March 24, 2019
3:00pm @ McConomy Auditorium, CMU
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
4:00pm @ Carlow University, Gailliot Center
Free and open to the public!
PROMOTIONAL PARTNER: Reel Q Pittsburgh International LGBT Film Festival
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.
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.