Rafiki

“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives”, but Kena and Ziki aim for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, they resist and remain close friends supporting each other to pursue their dreams in an oppressive society. When love arouses between them, the pressure becomes unbearable forcing the two girls to ultimately choose between happiness and safety.

Based on the novel Jambula Tree by Monica Arac de Nyeko.

 

 

STATUS

Completed

RELEASE YEAR

2018

GENRE

Drama

LANGUAGE

English, Swahili, Sheng

DIRECTOR

Wanuri Kahiu

WRITERS

Wanuri Kahiu and Jenna Bass

CAST

Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva

CO-PRO

Big World Cinema (ZA), MPM Films (FR), Schortcut Films (LB), Ape&Bjørn (NO), Rinkel Film (NL), Razor Film (DE), Afrobubblegum (KE)

FINANCIERS

ACP-EU Support Programme (ZA), Schortcut Films (LB), NFF + HBF (NL), Berlinale World Cinema Fund (DE), CNC Cinema du Monde (FR), Sorfond (NO)

FESTIVALS

 Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival

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