Rafiki

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    Rafiki

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    Directed by

    Kenya, South Africa, France, Netherlands, Germany

    2018

    82 min

    • English
    • Swahili

    Drama

    “Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but 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.

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    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
    Editing
    Isabelle Dedieu
    Production
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    Press

    A dynamic, smoothly-executed tale of impossible love that brings fresh energy to a subject that may seem overly familiar to western eyes.

    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

    Wanuri Kahiu

    Wanuri Kahiu

    Kenya

    Wanuri’s first feature film FROM A WHISPER, based on the real events surrounding the 1998 twin bombings of US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania won Best Narrative Feature in 2010 at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, as well as five awards at the African Movie Academy Award, including Best Director and Best Screenplay. In 2009 Wanuri produced TV documentary FOR OUR LAND about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai for MNET, a Pan African cable station. In 2010, her short science fiction PUMZI premiered at Sundance film festival and went on to win best short film at Cannes Independent Film Festival and the silver at Carthage Film Festival (Tunisia). PUMZI also earned Wanuri the ‘Citta di Venezia 2010’ award in Venice, Italy. She is currently writing an Animation Film in conjunction with TriggerFish, South Africa. Wanuri is also in post production on a feature length documentary GER about UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Ger Duany, WHO AM I, a short documentary about National Identity and a fractionally fictional documentary about an Nairobi based indie-pop group JUST A BAND. Wanuri is part of AFROBUBBLEGUM a collective of African artists whose ambition is to create fun, frivolous and fierce work. Her most recent film RAFIKI premiered in Festival de Cannes (Un Certain Regard) 2018.

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