Film recommendation #17: RAFIKI

As the first Kenyan feature film represented at Cannes Film Festival and banned in its home country, RAFIKI tells of female self-determination and the liberating power of love.

RAFIKI by Wanuri Kahiu

"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives." Young Kena is envisioning much more than that. Skateboarding around Nairobi in a baseball cap, does not adhere to the feminine ideal of her conservative country. When she gets to know the confident and unconventional Ziki, she develops the courage to live her true identity and, for the first time, gives in to her feelings for another woman. However, as daughters from politically opposing families and living in a society that does not accept homosexuality, the fun-loving young women have chosen a difficult path. 

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