“Rafiki” means friend in Swahili – this is a word commonly used by Kena and Ziki, two young women that want to hide their erotic passion from the conservative Kenyan society, and particularly from their families, who are political rivalries in the local elections. An irresistible pop/feel-good romance about the daze and impulse of the first love – augmented through the magic filters of the colorful, bustling, complex streets of Nairobi – which was banned in its production country, but still fights for a change in the landscape of human rights in East Africa, beyond the boundaries of the cinema hall.
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Direction: Wanuri Kahiu
Script: Wanuri Kahiu, Jenna Bass, Monica Arac de Nyeko (based on her short story)
Cinematography: Christopher Wessels
Editing: Isabelle Dedieu, Ronelle Loots
Sound: Frederic Salles
Actors: Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Jimmi Gathu, Nini Wacera, Dennis Musyoka, Patricia Amira, Sheila Munyiva, Muthoni Gathecha, Nice Githinji, Githae Njogu, Vitalis Waweru, Hellen Aura, Charlie Karumi
Production: Big World Cinema, Afrobubblegum
Producer/Producers: Steven Markovitz
Co-production: MPM Film, Shortcut Films, APE&BJORN, Rinkel Film, Razor Film in association with Tango Entertainment
Co-producer/Co-producers: Marie-Pierre Macia, Claire Gadéa, Georges Schoucair, Ruben Thorkildsen, Verona Meier, Reinier Selen, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul, Wanuri Kahiu, Tamsin Ranger
Art Direction: Arya Lalloo
Executive producer: Tim Headington
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Kenya, South Africa, France, The Netherlands, Gernany
Production Year: 2018
Duration: 82'
World Sales: MPM Premium, sales@mpmfilm.com

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