Rafiki: Closing Night Gala
A bold, hip and powerful story about lesbian love in a conservative society set in the bustling streets of Nairobi, Rafiki was initially banned in Kenya, where homosexuality is still illegal.
Kena and Ziki are two women from opposing political families, with both their fathers running for local office. While the ambitious Kena's background is more working class, carefree Ziki lives in relative comfort. But when the pair spot each other in town, the chemistry is undeniable and their secret love blooms despite pressure from society to keep it hidden, and the constant fear of harm if they're to be caught.
The first Kenyan film to be selected for Cannes, it's impossible to not be moved by Kena and Ziki's love in the face of prejudice in this colourful and vivacious film.
Winner 2018 Outshine Film Festival Best Feature Film
Nominated 2018 Cannes Film Festival Queer Palm
Nominated 2018 Chicago International Film Festival Gold Q-Hugo
"Shamefully banned in its home country of Kenya, Wanuri Kahiu's tender tale of first lesbian love is modest, flawed and valuable. This brightly performed film is impossible not to celebrate" - Variety Magazine
Warning: Homophobic violence