Inspired by Ugandan author Monica Arac de Nyeko’s short story Jambula Tree, Rafiki (‘friend’ in Swahili) is first and foremost a tender love story, depicting the romance between two young women amid familial, societal and political pressures. Kena lives on a Nairobi housing estate with her mother. She befriends Ziki the daughter of her father’s political rival. As their relationship deepens, so do the stakes, forcing them to choose between openness and secrecy, happiness and safety.
Directed by Wanuri Kahiu, part of a strong cohort of Kenyan female filmmakers, Rafiki was the first Kenyan film to be included in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes in 2018 and was then controversially banned from being shown in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board.
"She’s celebrated abroad – but at home in Kenya, the director’s film Rafiki has been banned for ‘promoting lesbianism" The Guardian, read the full article here.
The 6:50pm screening on Tuesday 30 April will be followed by a post-screening discussion led by QUAD Film Officer Rebekah Taylor.
With the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.