Auma and Ziki live very different lives in the Highrise Estate in Nairobi. Auma works in her father’s shop and awaits the start of nursing school, while Ziki passes the days hanging out with her wealthy friends and making up dance routines. Their paths cross when their fathers run against each other for seats in the County Assembly, and the girl’s unlikely friendship is put to the test as election tactics get nasty.
RAFIKI is a love story about the purity of friendship that chooses character, spirit, tenderness and an extraordinary connection above all else. It forces me to ask what I would choose; love or safety? One of the same sex in East Africa. Choosing to make this film means that I must be ready to defend love, in all its glory and failure, and to protect the unconditional love that exists “just because”, despite age, sex, race and creed.
Cannes International Film Festival 2018, Un Certain Regard
Key festivals and awards
Cannes International Film Festival 2018; Durban International Film Festival 2018; Best Actress and Music, Carthage Film Festival 2018; Silver Q-Hugo, Chicago International Film 2018; Oslo Films from the South Festival 2018; Around the World in 14 Films 2018
KENYA, SOUTH AFRICA, 2018
Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Producers: Big World Cinema (South Africa), Awali Entertainment Ltd (Kenya);
Razor Film Produktion (Germany), Abbout Productions (Lebanon)
German distributor: Salzberger & Co.
Theatrical release in German cinemas: January 31, 2019
World sales: MPM Premium (France)
Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2018
Funding amount: 10.000 €