Reviews for ‘Rafiki’

“Kahiu refers to her ebullient approach as ‘afrobubblegum,’ a deliberate effort to upend stereotypes of African cinema as starchy homework assignments full of sand, squalor and AIDS. With its Day-Glo palette and bouncy Kenyan soul music soundtrack, ‘Rafiki’ is above all great fun to watch.”
– Sean Burns, The ARTery

“A beautiful badge of courage and perseverance for the Kenyan LGBTQ community.”
– Tom Meek, Cambridge Day

“From its opening frames, Rafiki is bursting with life.”
– Katie Rife, AV Club

“Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki, based on the short story ‘Jambula Tree’ by Monica Arac de Nyeko, is a vibrant, pulsing piece of work, keying off the joy of young love and unexpected discovery.”
– Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

“Not only is the romance and social commentary beautiful, but the film itself is shot gorgeously.”
– Leigh Monson, Birth.Movies.Death

“Rafiki is a stunning lesbian love story – in a place where that’s forbidden.”
– Cate Young, Nylon

Theatrical Premiere Run!

Friday, May 10 – Thursday, May 16

*Special “Cinema in Context” screening on Monday, May 13 at 7:00pm with Prof. Amah Edoh, Assistant Professor of African studies at MIT

2018 • dir Wanuri Kahiu w/Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva • 83 min • DCP

Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” – but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.

Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, RAFIKI won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation. Featuring remarkable performances by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, RAFIKI is a hip tale of first love that’s “impossible not to celebrate” (Variety)!

Ticket Information:

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Friday 5/10
at 8:00 PM
Saturday 5/11
at 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 PM
Sunday 5/12
at 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 PM
Monday 5/13
at 5:00, 7:00* PM Guest Speaker
Tuesday 5/14
at 5:15, 7:15, 9:15 PM
Wednesday 5/15
at 8:00 PM
Thursday 5/16
at 8:30 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.