Country: Kenya, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France, Norway, Lebanon, UK
Filming Locations: Nairobi, Kenya
Release Date: 19 April 2019 (USA)
Language: English, Swahili
Run Time: 83 minutes
Rafiki (Swahili for ‘friend’) is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. It is the story of romance that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures around LGBT rights in Kenya.
Summary: Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. 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.