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Sunday Aug 18 02:15 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Part of Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival 2019

Community Partner: The Contingency

Directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Kenya, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France, Norway, Lebanon. 2018. 83 min. English and Swahili with English subtitles.
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. 
Un Certain Regard, 2018 Cannes Film Festival; New Releases, 2018 Toronto International Film Festival


Preceded by:

Directed by Mahaliyah Ayla O. USA. 2018. 23 min. 
A closeted medical student risks being outed to her family the same evening a masked gunman opens fire at a gay nightclub.
AT&T Audience Award for Best Short, Frameline42; 2018 Iris Prize Shortlist


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