Saturday , July 24 2021

"Rafiki" means little for the film, but also for civil society in Kenya



This sympathetic Kenya portrayal of forbidden lesbian love will not make anyone lift your eyebrows here at home. But it was for a moment forbidden in the homeland before being transferred to the Cannes Film Festival.

As a contribution to cinematographic art, it is a parenthesis, but the impact it can have on civil society in Kenya should not be underestimated. As a species Rome and Julie, where two girls from each of their rival political families enter into a relationship, Wanuri Kahius' debut film plays against backgrounds of intolerance and homophobia in Nairobi.


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