Rafiki Reviews

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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.
April 22, 2019
The power of Kahiu's film is its articulation that faith can be as primal as what draws the girls to one another.
April 20, 2019
As played by Mugatsia and Munyiva, Kena and Ziki have a curiosity between them that goes beyond magnetism, seeming to go to their souls. The actors are completely mesmerizing to watch.
April 19, 2019
Demonstrates the vibrancy and joy of the youth in overcoming an oppressive society. Kahiu has shown this through a jubilant explosion of colour and music - this film feels like a celebration and a triumph over adversity. A must-see.
April 19, 2019
Thankfully, not only is the romance and social commentary beautiful, but the film itself is shot gorgeously.
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.
April 17, 2019
The meandering plot and contrived romance at the heart of this film does the film's social importance a major disservice.
April 17, 2019
The film's slotting of two African women into a familiar romantic structure represents a radical and important upending of contemporary Kenyan sexual mores.
April 16, 2019
What makes Kahiu's film essential beyond [a] moral and artistic victory is its ability to instill hope within a hopeless situation.
April 3, 2019
Rafiki is both a piece of engaging cinema and a political message.
March 21, 2019
It's a perfectly fine movie, with compelling stories and characters.
March 10, 2019
Rafikiis a stunning lesbian love story - in a place where't that's forbidden.
February 7, 2019
Director Wanuri Kahiu is from Nairobi herself, and she is able to capture the beauty and danger of her hometown without sinking into caricature.
February 7, 2019
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.
January 28, 2019
...the message is vital and Kahiu's artistic flourishes are vibrant...
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