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Everyone deserves a great love story. Directed by Wanuri Kahiu, it’s the first Kenyan film in Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival (‘Un certain regard’).

Released Fri 30 Aug, 2019
Distributor:Indigenous Film DistributionIndigenous Film Distribution
Running time:82 (1h22')
Age restriction:16 L P S V

Everyone deserves a great love story.

“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Sidestepping the political rivalry between their respective families in a conservative society, the girls remain close friends, supporting each other in pursuing their dreams. When love blossoms between them, the girls are forced to decide between happiness and safety.

Based on (true story) by Monica Arac De Nyeko.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva
Directed by: Wanuri Kahiu
Screenplay: Wanuri Kahiu, Jenna Bass
Produced by: Steven Markovitz
Language: English, Swahili
Country / Year: Kenya, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France, Norway, Lebanon,  2018

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Inspired by Monica Arac de Nyeko's ‘Jambula Tree,’ which chronicles a story of two girls in love in Uganda, ‘Rafiki’ challenges deep-rooted cynicism about same-sex relationships among actors, crew, friends, and family in Kenya.

Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, it won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation. Featuring remarkable performances by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, it is a hip tale of first love “reminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee” (Screen Daily) that’s “impossible not to celebrate” (Variety)!