Kena and Ziki are two teenagers from Nairobi, Kenya. They become friends even though their families are political rivals. All the same, the girls stick together and try to purse their dreams. In the conservative society where they live, the situation gets dangerous when they fall in love.

Director's note
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.

World premiere
Cannes International Film Festival 2018, Un certain regard

Key Festivals and awards
Cannes International Film Festival 2018
Toronto International Film Festival 2018
BFI 2018
Chicago International Film Festival 2018

Kenya / South Africa / France / Netherlands / Germany 2018
Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Producers: Big World Cinema (South Africa); MPM Film
(France); Rinkel Film (Netherlands); Awali Entertainment Ltd (Kenya); Razor Film Produktion (Germany); Abbout Productions (Lebanon)
German WCF partner: Razor Film Produktion
World sales: MPM PREMIUM (France)

Funded in the WCF Jury Meeting in July 2015
Funding amount: 38.000 €