2019 | Wanuri Kahiu | Kenya | Swahili with English subtitles | 82 min | NR
“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.
“Muatsia, with her tough gaze and somber asides, maintains a credibility that rescues the movie from cliché. By telling an old story of impossible love, Rafiki renews its purpose.” —
Eric Kohn, indieWire
“What makes Kahiu’s film essential beyond [a] moral and artistic victory is its ability to instill hope within a hopeless situation.” — Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage
“This is a story that may have been told before, sure, but never in this context before. That alone seems worth celebrating.” — Gwilym Mumford, Guardian