Rafiki (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Rafiki tells a familiar story with bracing originality, marking director/co-writer Wanuri Kahiu as a talent to watch.

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"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety

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Critic Reviews for Rafiki

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

For Kahiu, this sophomore feature should secure enough exposure to enable further, more ambitious vehicles for her direct, Afropop-infused style.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…
Variety
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[A] poignant but slender drama...

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
indieWire
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This is a story that may have been told before, sure, but never in this context before. That alone seems worth celebrating.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While Western countries are still struggling to produce many queer stories that don't end in misery and death, or that focus solely on the white male experience, the Kenyan-focused, neon-pink romance of Rafiki is exactly what the world needs.

Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rafiki

The intentions are definitely noble, especially considering that the film was made in a country where homosexuality means a death sentence, but unfortunately the love story is developed in an extremely corny way and the ending is a dishonest cop-out that frustrates for its naiveté.

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