Dates & Times
May 3 - May 9
Inspired by Ugandan Monica Arac de Nyeko’s 2007 Caine Prize-winning short story “Jambula Tree.”
Bursting with the colorful street style & 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.
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, Kena and Ziki 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.
Featuring remarkable performances by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, RAFIKI is a hip tale of first love “reminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee” (Screen Daily) that’s “impossible not to celebrate” (Variety)!
"Engaging & Disarming!"
"Tender! EXCELLENT lead performers!"
"Director Kahiu has a keen eye for Nairobi's vibrant street life, and her handling of the burgeoning relationship feels sincere and natural."
"…the most salient take-away was about love. The love between two idealistic, iconoclastic, intelligent, and imperfect young women."
Directed by Wanuri Kahiu
In English and Swahili with english subtitles
REGULAR ADMISSION: $11
REAL ART WAYS MEMBERS: $6
SENIOR & STUDENT MEMBERS: $5.50
SENIORS (65+): $8
FULL-TIME STUDENTS (WITH ID): $8
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