Rafiki is a Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. It is the story of a romance that develops between two young women, Ken and Ziki, amidst family and political pressure around LGBT rights in Kenya.
Despite the honour of being the first Kenyan film selected to screen at Cannes, where it premiered in Un Certain Regard, it was nevertheless banned in Kenya for positively portraying and ‘promoting’ homosexuality, illegal in the country. After Kahiu sued the government, and following an outcry from the international film community, the Kenyan High Court eventually lifted the ban.
This film is part of our Black History Month programme. This October the majority of films we screen will showcase black filmmakers and stories, highlighting some incredible work by outstanding black talent