Nov 18, 7.30-9pm, Cinema
Dir. Wanuri Kahiu
Kenya, South Africa, France, Netherlands + Germany, 83mins
Inclusive for guests with autism and sensory sensitivities
With beautiful scenes connected through shades of fuchsia and violet, reflecting the femininity of the characters, this gentle film follows the development of love between two young women. Set against the backdrop of the bustling streets of Nairobi, the two very different girls must choose between love and safety surrounded by insular gossip, local politics and burgeoning maturity. Their magnetic pull draws us into a queer Romeo and Juliet romance, as they try to hide their relationship from their politically opposing fathers.
Directed by Wanuri Kahiu, part of a strong cohort of Kenyan female filmmakers, Rafiki was the first Kenyan film to be included in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes earlier this year and was then controversially banned from being shown in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board.
The film will be introduced by Africa in Motion's Justine Atkinson.
Language and accessibility
Swahili with English subtitles.
A hearing loop is available.
The cinema will not be at capacity to allow space for guests to move around. The house lights will be kept on and dimmed, and the volume of the film will be lowered. For any additional requests for access, please email the CCA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The film relies to some extent on visual material to convey ideas but contains a lot of explanatory dialogue.