Directed by Wanuri Kahiu
Film Movement
83 Minutes
English, Swahili
LGBTQ, African Diaspora, Drama
African Studies, LGBTQ
Not Rated
DVD $150.00
PPR $350.00
DRL $499.00
PPR+DRL $599.00

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Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” - but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.

Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, RAFIKI won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation. Featuring remarkable performances by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, RAFIKI is a hip tale of first love “reminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee” (Screen Daily) that’s “impossible not to celebrate” (Variety)!

DVD Features

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "[A]t home, where homosexuality remains a criminal offense, “Rafiki” has been slapped with a ban for its positive representation — a state of affairs that makes this lively, brightly performed film impossible not to celebrate...."
    Guy Lodge, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "[A] vibrant, pulsing piece of work, keying off the joy of young love and unexpected discovery. "
    Jason Bailey, Flavorwire
  • Highest Rating
    "[W]ith Rafiki, the director has produced a wholly new vision of African filmmaking that is vibrant, compassionate, and joyous."
    Sarah-Tai Black, Cinema Scope
  • Highest Rating
    "A burst of unfiltered teenage energy. Lively and full of vision! [Kahiu] has a wonderful eye for detail and lyricism."
    Emily Yoshida, Vulture
  • Highest Rating
    "A dynamic, smoothly-executed tale of impossible love that brings fresh energy to a subject that may seem overly familiar to western eyes. ...[R]eminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee."
    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "[B]y framing an effervescent lesbian romance against a backdrop of political allegiance and the societal taboos surrounding LGBTQ rights, Rafiki finds its voice – and deserves to shout it, loud and clear."
    Ella Kemp, Dazed
  • Highest Rating
    "The story's simplicity and directness are a big part of its charm."
    Nicholas Barber, BBC.com


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