Event: Fem Flicks Film Series: Rafiki

When:

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Student Union, Room 382

Categories:

Films

Department:

Media Library

About this Event

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)!

Fem Flicks is a film series spotlighting the intersectional identities of all gender identities and expressions, and their impact(s) on society and vice versa. Fem Flicks is a collaboration between the Media Library, the Multicultural Center, the Pride Alliance, and the Women’s & Gender Studies Program.

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