Premieres • Special Engagements at Brattle Theater
Saturday, May 11, 2019 3:30pm 5:30pm 7:30pm 9:30pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 3:30pm 5:30pm 7:30pm 9:30pm
Monday, May 13, 2019 5:00pm 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:15pm 7:15pm 9:15pm
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 8:00pm
Thursday, May 16, 2019 8:30pm
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)!