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Rafiki

Dir. Wanuri Kahiu Kenya 83 min

2018 Film Movement

English and Swahili with subtitles

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Wednesday, April 24

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Post-show discussion will focus on the struggle for LGBTQ rights across cultures. Panelists include Ferial Pearson (Assistant Professor, UNO Teacher Education Department), Emily Mwaja (Director of Programs, Girls Inc. of Omaha), and Vicky Nakibuuka-Muli (Pediatric Residency Global Health Track, College of Medicine at UNMC).

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Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” - but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.

Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, RAFIKI won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation. — Film Movement

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