Rafiki is a 2018 Kenyan film about two teenage girls who fall in love amidst family and political pressures. In a country where same-sex relations are illegal, Rafiki was banned in Kenya “due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism”. The director brought the Kenyan government to court and a judge temporarily lifted the ban for a week. Since then, the film has screened around the world, including at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with prominent community and academic members to discuss racialized queerness and the diaspora.
Presented by the Rainbow Alliance for Youth of Edmonton. Admission by donation/pay-what-you-can.
Kenya/South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France/Norway/Lebanon 2018, 83 min, Dir: Wanuri Kahiu
English & Swahili with English subtitles