Rafiki Reviews

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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.
May 10, 2019
For Westerners, her portrait affords a look inside a culture and a country we're not normally exposed to. To all, it's a potent reminder that such practices of open oppression still exist.
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 9, 2019
Director Wanuri Kahiu deftly balances vibrant, expansive scenes of Kenyan street life with more-intimate peeks into the relationship between Kena and Ziki, evoking a very specific sense of time and place that only heightens the story's emotional impact.
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.
May 2, 2019
While the tone of Rafiki is simple and direct, director Kahiu demonstrates a delicate touch.
May 1, 2019
Hardly flawless, Rafiki is nevertheless a humane portrait of personal vulnerability under attack by the collective.
April 29, 2019
Small and perfectly formed, this subtle but hugely involving romance takes on a powerfully taboo topic in its homeland of Kenya.
April 25, 2019
The movie-banned in its home country-is well worth seeing for the breath of life it brings to people and a part of the world that aren't nearly as far away as they seem.
April 24, 2019
It's rare to see this side of Africa (middle-class, urban, post-postcolonial) on the screen.
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