Rafiki Q&A at HOME

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor
HOME

15 August 2023 Tickets from £11.15 — Book now

HOME present a screening of Wanuri Kahiu’s lyrical lesbian romance, Rafiki introduced by two of their Young Film Collective participants, Linda Wachaga and Anita Ezeh who will then lead a post screening panel discussion with special guests, programmers and creatives Carmen Thompson and Philippa Walusimbi.

Notable as the first Kenyan film to screen at Cannes, Kahiu breathes life and colour into the story of Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) and Kena (Samantha Mugatsia), — star-crossed lovers up against a homophobic society and the wishes of their fathers, who happen to be rival politicians. Based upon a source novel by Ugandan writer Monica Arac de Nyeko, the films successes lie in the way Kahiu confidently sketches a Nairobi neighbourhood and the characters who inhabit it, building out a believable world for the grungy skater-kid Kena and the colourfully-coifed Ziki to fall in love.

The film was initially banned in Kenya, but once the ban was lifted, a one-week run in theatres saw it beat even Disney juggernaut Black Panther at the box office as audiences flocked to screenings.

15 August 2023 Tickets from £11.15 Book now

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