Set in a provincial Kenyan village where the community’s ties are extremely close and nothing can hide from the public eye, Rafiki follows Kena and Ziki, two teenage girls who – despite the rivalries between their families and their deeply conservative community – fall in love. Kena dreams of a nursing career, Ziki is less sure about her future, but both know that they want something more in life, something that goes beyond marriage and motherhood.
Banned it its home country for a “clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law and dominant values of the Kenyans”, this is a pioneering feature that strives to make a difference.
As an introduction to the film, we will be joined by Dr Adriaan van Klinken, Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Leeds, to talk about social change in modern-day Kenya and Rafiki within the context of religiously-inspired homophobia.
A Tuesday Wonders! screening
Showing as part of Growing Pains
|Tue 21st May||
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