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Cinema in Context: Rafiki

Cinema in Context

Tonight’s 7:00 Show Will Be Introduced by M. Amah Edoh of MIT’s Global Studies and Languages Department

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)!

Staff Pick: Petra, Casey, Erica

M. Amah Edoh

Assistant Professor of African Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M. Amah Edoh is an anthropologist interested in the production of knowledge about Africa; namely, how “Africa” as a category of thought is produced through material practices across African and non-African sites. Her current book project, Our Grandmothers’ Cloth: Materiality, Class, and Global Membership in the Age of “The New Africa,” traces the trajectory of Dutch Wax cloth (African print) between Holland and Togo. Read More →

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

“A vibrant, pulsing piece of work, keying off the joy of young love and unexpected discovery.”
– Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

CINEMA IN CONTEXT is a new periodic program at the Brattle Theatre that explores the ways in which films can be used to examine topics in the social sciences — and also serve as historical documents that play a large part in our understanding of culture, society, and history.

Each screening will be preceded by a presentation from a scholar or expert, with the aim of deepening our understanding of the film and addressing how it reflects popular ideas or issues in their chosen field. Select screenings will also be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

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.