Rafiki

Release Date: April 19th, 2019

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 23 min

Plot Summary

Kena and Ziki live very different lives in Nairobi. Kena works in her father's shop and awaits the start of nursing school, while Ziki passes the days hanging out with her friends and making up dance routines. Their paths cross when their fathers run against each other for seats in the County Assembly, and they find themselves drawn to each other. Soon their interest grows to affection and the girls find ways to love each other despite the ever-watching gaze of the neighborhood.

Cast: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji, Charlie Karumi, Muthoni Gathecha, Vitalis Waweru, Mellen Aura

Director: Wanuri Kahiu

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Schortcut Films, Ape&Bjørn AS, Razor Film Produktion GmbH, MPM Film, Big World Cinema, Rinkel Film

Keywords: Best friend, Passionate, Love, House, Bar, Love interest, Emotional, Forbidden love, Cool, 2010s, Sacrifice, Father, Touching

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Its simplistic observation of romantic love in its purest form colliding with political, religious, familial and societal intolerance seems designed to speak clearly to teenage audiences experiencing similar struggles between identity and oppression. Those well-meaning intentions only take the film so far, however, and mature audiences will be left wishing for greater narrative complexity. show more

  • 65
    Richard LawsonVanity Fair

    If the film is uneven—with such an exuberant beginning and disappointingly rote climax—that may simply be because Kahiu wanted to communicate as many truths of her home country as she could. show more

  • 70
    Allan HunterScreen International

    Charismatic performances by Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva make you believe in the characters and invest in the romance. When harsh reality inevitably intrudes on their dream love, the emotional impact is all the deeper. show more

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