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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Rafiki (2019 Feature Film)

Wanuri Kahiu | Kenya, South Africa | 2018 | color | DCP | 90' | English, Swahili | e.s.

"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives”, is what Kena and Ziki have heard all their young lives. But they want fun and adventure. And apparently not to be ‘good’, because they fall in love, to the dismay of those around them. A sparkling film in 'Afrobubblegum' style, in the words of director Wanuri Kahiu.

"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives”, is what Kena and Ziki have heard all their young lives. And that getting a mortgage is the dream of every normal Kenyan. But Kena and Ziki want more. They want adventure and real love, not a dull existence as an obedient wife in the suburbs. It’s not until they fall in love with one another that they find out just how conservative the world around them really is. The relationship between these two young women forms the warm, beating heart of this sparkling, colorful film.

'Afrobubblegum' is what director Wanuri Kahiu calls her style, and the production company of which she is co-founder. In the words of the young maker, this stands for “fun, fierce and frivolous African art”. Like its two protagonists, this film had to overcome considerable resistance after being banned by Kenyan censors. Kahiu contested this decision and finally won in the Kenyan High Court.

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 21:45

Duration: 1:10

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 13 April 2019

Time: 21:30

Duration: 1:10

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 14 April 2019

Time: 13:30

Duration: 1:10

Year in Festival
Wanuri Kahiu
Samantha Mugatsia
Sheila Munyiva
Neville Misati
Jimmy Gathu
Patricia Amira
Muthoni Gathecha
Dennis Musyoka
South Africa
Isabelle Dedieu
Steven Markovitz
Production Company
Big World Cinema
Rinkel Film
Production Design
Arya Lalloo
MPM Premium
Wanuri Kahiu
Jenna Bass
Year of Production
Wanuri Kahiu

Wanuri KAHIU (1980, Kenya) is a filmmaker and founder of AFROBUBBLEGUM, a media company that supports the creation of African art. Her first feature film From a Whisper (2008) won the award for Best Narrative Feature at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles 2010, and five awards at the African Movie Academy Awards. In 2010, Kahiu’s short science-fiction film Pumzi had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, and won the Award of the City of Venice at the Venice film festival. Rafiki (2018) was selected for Un Certain Regard in Cannes, and was also nominated for Cannes' Queer Palm.


Ras Star (2007, short), From a Whisper (2008), For Our Land (2009, doc), Pumzi (2010, short), Who Am I? (2016, short doc), Rafiki (2018)