Rafiki

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Rafiki

Directed by Wanuri Kahiu | USA | 83 min | Kenya | English, Swahili with English Subtitles
Kena and Ziki fall into the light of young love against the backdrop of community gossip and familial political ambitions while exploring the soulful colors, street soccer, and vibrant music of Nairobi, Kenya. Encouraging each other to pursue a life of abundance and freedom from cultural expectations, they must decide between love, safety, and their dreams. Challenging Kenya’s mandates in producing the film, director Wanuri Kahiu leads an effervescent cast to mesmerizing performances in this Cannes-nominated and NewFest audience favorite.
Preceded by: Word Is Bond (Dir. Alexandra Mastoon, USA, 13 min)
In the twilight of rap’s golden era, an upcoming LA emcee finds freedom and escape dancing alone to an inner soundtrack.