Kenyan film “Rafiki” is set to make its first U.S. theatrical run at BAM in Brooklyn in April.
The film, directed by Wanuri Kahui, is set to screen at BAM from Friday, April 19 through Thursday, April 25 as it continues to soar high and beat all odds.
Initially banned by Kenyan Film Commission in 2018 for its homosexuality theme and openness to promote lesbianism, the movie has meandered through every barriers set and emerged many’s favorite.
Rafiki follows Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), the daughters of rival local politicians facing an upcoming election.
But when the two begin hanging out, their friendship quickly turns to flirtation, and then full-blown romance. Both parties know that what they’re doing is repulsive to their family, friends, and neighbors, and go to lengths to hide it.
Since the ban was lifted, Rafiki has had a marvelous run picking up awards almost monthly as Wanuri continues to travel around promoting it.
Last year it was named Cannes favorite while this year it has bagged several awards, most notably the best actress award won by Samantha Mugatsia in Africa’s largest film festival Fespaco in Burkina Faso.
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