Rafiki Reviews

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October 14, 2020
[A] polished and colorful Kenyan drama...
September 30, 2020
It thrives thanks to its wondrous cinematography, solid acting, and sense of optimism in the face of hatred.
July 25, 2020
It's Rafiki's briskness that helps keep its heart beating, but it's its shallowness that prevents it from doing much else once the credits roll.
March 23, 2020
A tale of acceptance, hope and young love, Rafiki is a beautiful, thought-provoking romance.
February 13, 2020
A touching and heartbreaking portrait of young love...
December 20, 2019
Rafiki remains in the happy temperate zone of the acceptable... with the occasional interesting sparkle. [Full review in Spanish]
October 12, 2019
If slightly gauche in dramatic and technical execution, the game spirit of Rafiki really transmits. Also, there is some nuance; namely in the portrayal of Kena's parents.
October 10, 2019
It's such a sweet natured and widely accessible story of love amidst adversity that the idea of any censorship board watching this and getting outraged is hilarious. It makes a film like Love, Simon look like Stranger by the Lake in comparison.
September 28, 2019
I really like this film and I think [director] Wanuri Kahiu is definitely someone to watch.
August 22, 2019
Rafiki is a gorgeously haunting film that is equal parts heart-breaking and hopeful... It's vibrant and full of life. It's simple yet bold.
August 7, 2019
It proves to be one of the rare films of its ilk that post-scripts realistic atrocities with a promise of a life fully lived, even after the trauma.
August 2, 2019
Even if it weren't a landmark LGBT film, it would still be worth seeing just for its African story unfiltered by a Western sensibility.
July 30, 2019
The main interest here comes from the milieu and cultural background that supports the story.
May 28, 2019
'Rafiki' is visually compelling, and the story it tells, although by no means unfamiliar, so engaging that it's easy to overlook the film's very fine performances.
May 28, 2019
The fact that this movie exists at all is a miracle, and it deserves to be seen as widely as possible, because stories like this require the support of audiences everywhere.
May 24, 2019
It's a film that is rushing with energy and life.
May 23, 2019
While the premise of Rafiki is well-worn, the context of the film is not and Kahiu brings fresh zest to a familiar story which is told with spirit. This is partly due to captivating performances by the two newcomers, Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva.
May 15, 2019
A boisterous, joyful film about a terribly sad situation.
May 14, 2019
Writer-director Wanuri Kahiu's coming-of-age drama represents a milestone for African filmmakers as the vibrant love story celebrates LGBTQ themes with a sense of celebration and fun despite the conservative views of her native country.
May 11, 2019
Intelligent, confident and delicate yet powerful, Rafiki may serve as a breakout film from director Wanuri Kahiu, making her second feature.
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