Maryland Hall Bowen Lower Theater Sat, Mar 23, 2019 2:45 PM
TICKET SALES ARE FINAL, Non-Refundable, No Exchanges
Film Info
Section:Feature Narrative
Release Year:2018
Runtime:83 mins
Film Type:Feature
Production Country:Kenya
Subtitles:In English and Swahili with English subtitles
Director:Wanuri Kahiu
Produced By:Steven Markovitz
Screenwriter:Wanuri Kahiu
Jenna Cato Bass
Monica Arac de Nyeko
Cinematographer/DP:Christopher Wessels
Editing By:Isabelle Dedieu
Ronelle Loots
Cast:Samantha Mugatsia
Sheila Munyiva


Rafiki means “friend” in Swahili, but in this spin on Romeo & Juliet, two teenage girls want to be more than just friends. On the rough streets of Nairobi, their relationship is not only socially dangerous - homosexuality is a criminal offense in Kenya. The two girls are forced to choose between happiness and safety while their fathers compete as political rivals. Although it was banned in its home country, Rafiki is the first Kenyan film to compete at the Cannes Film Festival where it premiered last year. This candy-colored, pure-hearted tale of new love serves as a reminder not to take our romantic liberties for granted. In English and Swahili with English subtitles. Cast: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva. (Kenya, 2018, 83 min, Drama/Romance)