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12 April 2018

Rafiki by/de Wanuri Kahiu : Cannes 2018 - Un Certain Regard (Kenya)

Rafiki by/de Wanuri Kahiu :
Cannes 2018 - Un Certain Regard (Kenya)

Rafiki by/de Wanuri Kahiu
Selection officielle | Official selection
Un certain regard

Source: Rafiki Press Kit:

Lire aussi en Français dans Le Monde : " Le premier film kényan jamais sélectionné à Cannes est une histoire d'amour lesbien "

Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Producer: Steven Markovitz, Big World Cinema
A Big World Cinema Production in co-production with Awali Entertainment (Kenya), MPM Film (France), Shortcut Films (Lebanon), Ape & Bjorn (Norway), Rinkel Film (Netherlands), Razor Film (Germany)

Rafiki is a love story about Kena and Ziki who live in a housing estate in Nairobi. The girls are unlikely friends and their fathers are rivaling politicians. When they fall in love and the community find out, the girls are forced to choose between love and safety.


Kena and Ziki live very different lives in the Highrise Estate in Nairobi. Kena works in her father’s shop and awaits the start of nursing school, while Ziki passes the days hanging out with her friends and making up dance routines. Their paths cross when their fathers run against each other for seats in the County Assembly, and they find themselves drawn to each other.

Soon their interest grows to affection and the girls find ways to love each other despite the ever-watching gaze of the neighborhood gossip and the homophobic sentiments of their community. However, once discovered by their family and attacked by the community, Kena and Ziki must choose between what they feel and what others want them to do.

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