Quick Film Review: Rafiki

"Rafiki" is a 2018 Kenyan lesbian drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Trigger warnings for homophobic hate crimes and violence.

The film revolves around Kena and Ziki, two young women in Nairobi, Kenya, who develop a close and romantic relationship. Their love story unfolds against a backdrop of familial and cultural tensions; their conservative families are politically opposed to each other and homosexuality is criminalized in Kenya, making their relationship illegal. They are torn by their desire to show their love and the fear of being outed to their families and townspeople.

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