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. 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 in 2018 and was then controversially banned from being shown in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board.
Supported by the BFI, using funds from the National Lottery
From 20:00 following the screening of Rafiki on Thu 18 April there will be a DJ set from Rebecca Swarray, founder of the vibrant and exciting events’ collective RebeccaNeverBecky and resident DJ, Mix-Stress.
RebeccaNeverBecky burst onto the Manchester scene earlier last year showcasing some super cool and game changing events across the city that champion diversity and inclusion within the LGBT+ scene and beyond. Rebecca’s DJing takes its main influences from 90s, R’n’B and Hip Hop, UK Garage and gross genres. She will be spinning new vibes intertwined with some old school flavours.
On Sun 14 Apr, 18:00 will be joined by director Wanuri Kahiu for a Q&A following the screening.