• Rafiki
  • Rafiki
  • Rafiki


by Wanuri Kahiu Border Lines

"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives." Young Kena is envisioning much more than that. Skateboarding around Nairobi in a baseball cap, she does not adhere to the feminine ideal of her conservative country. When she gets to know the confident and unconventional Ziki, she develops the courage to live her true identity and, for the first time, gives in to her feelings for another woman. However, as daughters from politically opposing families and living in a society that does not accept homosexuality, the fun-loving young women have chosen a difficult path. As the first Kenyan feature film represented at Cannes Film Festival and banned in its home country, RAFIKI tells of female self-determination and the liberating power of love.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Country, Year: Kenya, South Africa, France, Lebanon, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, 2018
  • Runtime: 82 Min
  • Languages: English, Swahili
  • Subtitles: German, French, English
  • Director: Wanuri Kahiu
  • Cast: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Jimmi Gathu, Nini Wacera, Dennis Musyoka, Patricia Amira, Neville Misati, Muthoni Gathecha
  • Screenplay: Wanuri Kahiu, Jenna Bass
  • Cinematography: Christopher Wessels
  • Editor: Isabelle Dedieu
  • Sound: Frédéric Salles
  • Producers: Steven Markovitz, Marie-Pierre Macia, Claire Gadéa, Georges Schoucair, Ruben Thorkildsen, Verona Meier, Reinier Selen, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul, Wanuri Kahiu, Tamsin Ranger, Tim Headington
  • Production Companies: Big World Cinema, AFROBUBBLEGUM, MPM Film, Schortcut Films, Ape&Bjørn, Rinkel Film, Razor Film Produktion GmbH
  • World Sales: MPM Premium
  • Swiss Distribution: trigon-film
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