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Hosted Screening


April 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm


Dir. Wanuri Kahiu, Kenya/South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France/Norway/Lebanon, 2018, 83 mins

Winner of the Audience Award for Narrative Feature, NewFest 2018

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)!

Q&A with director Wanuri Kahiu to follow, moderated by Nneka Onuorah (THE SAME DIFFERENCE, NewFest 2015)

All tickets include afterparty at Wildfang Soho, 252 Lafayette Street, 9-11pm

Presented in Partnership with


A Film Movement Release. Rafiki screens at Quad Cinema through April 25.


April 19, 2019
7:00 pm
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Quad Cinema
34 W 13th St
New York, NY 10011 United States
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