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



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Average Rating: 3.8/5

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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

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  • A lyrical ode to finding a kindred spirit amidst an uncaring majority.

    Apr 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Rafiki hardly breaks new narrative ground, but Kahiu's fluid direction and wholly empathetic performances by Mugatsia and Munyiva make the movie special.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • From its opening frames, Rafiki is bursting with life.

    Apr 17, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Katie Rife

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  • 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…
  • The story's simplicity and directness are a big part of its charm.

    May 15, 2018 | 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.

Carlos Magalhães
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