Rafiki 12A

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From the archive

This film was last shown on 11 February 2019

“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist, when love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. A vibrant film buzzing with the kinetic chemistry between its two leads.

Despite being banned in Kenya for its bold approach to LGBTQ+ representation, Rafiki was the first Kenyan film to be screened in competition at Cannes film festival - where it received a lengthy standing ovation.

Our first film will include an extended introduction exploring international queer cinema throughout history, led by Dr. Emmie McFadden, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Sheffield Hallam University.


Wanuri Kahiu
1 hour 22 minutes


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