Rafiki Reviews

September 28, 2019
I really like this film and I think [director] Wanuri Kahiu is definitely someone to watch.
May 24, 2019
It's a film that is rushing with energy and life.
May 9, 2019
But to merely describe what happens in "Rafiki" would be to overlook its transporting sense of place, its striking visual pleasures and its credible and moving performances.
May 7, 2019
For its formal simplicity and directness, "Rafiki" is a small revelation, not least because it marks the breakthrough of a filmmaker of such exhilarating, cheerfully courageous vision.
April 19, 2019
A lyrical ode to finding a kindred spirit amidst an uncaring majority.
April 18, 2019
Rafiki hardly breaks new narrative ground, but Kahiu's fluid direction and wholly empathetic performances by Mugatsia and Munyiva make the movie special.
April 18, 2019
The film is sharp at rendering the hesitancy of their flirtation, as well as the forces - parental expectations, religion, an ever-watchful gossip - arrayed against them.
April 17, 2019
From its opening frames, Rafiki is bursting with life.
October 10, 2018
It's hard to escape the feeling that the film is basically an extended public service announcement; Kahiu has few discernible goals apart from drawing attention to an important subject.
May 15, 2018
The story's simplicity and directness are a big part of its charm.
Top Critic
May 10, 2018
For Kahiu, this sophomore feature should secure enough exposure to enable further, more ambitious vehicles for her direct, Afropop-infused style.
May 9, 2018
[A] poignant but slender drama...
May 9, 2018
Muatsia, with her tough gaze and somber asides, maintains a credibility that rescues the movie from cliché. By telling an old story of impossible love, Rafiki renews its purpose.
May 9, 2018
This is a story that may have been told before, sure, but never in this context before. That alone seems worth celebrating.