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RAFIKI, directed by Wanuri Kahiu, at The Film House

August 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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RAFIKI is a vibrant tale of first love “reminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee” – Screen Daily

Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a love story between two young women (played by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva) in a country where homosexuality is still illegal. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” – but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, they must choose between happiness and safety.

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. In 2018, a Kenyan high court temporarily lifted the country’s ban on the film. It screened for one week in Kenya, to sold-out crowds, making it eligible for the Academy Awards’ Foreign Language Film category. RAFIKI is a celebration of love, saturated with joy, heartbreak, and a richly effervescent cinematography that showcases director Wanuri Kahiu’s Nairobi vibrant vision!

RAFIKI Kenya, South Africa, Germany, 2018. Directed by Wanuri Kahiu. 83 min. NR Presented in English and Swahili with English Subtitles.

At The Film House. 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, CANADA. | 905-688-0722 | www.firstontariopac.ca

Use the promo code RAINBOW for a $5+ HST ticket price to RAFIKI!


August 22, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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