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IFFBoston Fall Focus: Rafiki

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IFFBoston Fall Focus 2018

Special Premiere Screening!

$13 General Admission
$11 IFFBoston & Brattle members, students, and seniors*
Brattle Member passes accepted pending availability.

*Limited to one ticket per screening per membership card or Student ID. Tickets bought online must be verified with your valid membership card/ID at time of pick up at the Brattle Box Office. Member discount cannot be combined with other offers.


“Fun, fierce and frivolous African art.” This is how director Wanuri Kahiu defines AFROBUBBLEGUM, her vision for the future of filmmaking on the African continent. Her latest feature, which showed at Cannes, embodies this ethos perfectly. A love story between two young women (played by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva) in a society that still bans homosexuality, RAFIKI is saturated with joy, heartbreak, and a richly effervescent cinematography that showcases Kahiu’s native Nairobi in all its vibrancy.

When Kena and Ziki first lock eyes, it’s a genuine coup de foudre despite the fact their families are political rivals. The young women grow close, but as they are not able to show their attraction in public—or even to their relatives and friends—they are forced to sneak small moments in private. Together they create their own world, vividly evoked through Kahiu’s filmic eye, where their love isn’t anything other than an expression of their commitment to each other. The space they create however, isn’t immune to the biases of the outside world.

Co-written with Jenna Bass and inspired by Monica Arac de Nyeko’s story Jambula Tree, RAFIKI is a celebration of love.

—Kiva Reardon, Toronto International Film Festival

82 min.

Directed by:
Wanuri Kahiu

Samantha Mugatsia
Sheila Munyiva
Jimmi Gathu
Nini Wacera
Dennis Musyoka