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    Rafiki (2018)

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    "Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.


    Wanuri Kahiu
    16 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »



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    Cast overview, first billed only:
    Samantha Mugatsia Samantha Mugatsia ... Kena Mwaura
    Neville Misati Neville Misati ... Blacksta
    Nice Githinji Nice Githinji ... Nduta
    Charlie Karumi Charlie Karumi ... Waireri
    Muthoni Gathecha Muthoni Gathecha ... Mama Atim
    Vitalis Waweru Vitalis Waweru ... Tom
    Sheila Munyiva Sheila Munyiva ... Ziki Okemi
    Mellen Aura Mellen Aura ... Elizabeth
    Leila Weema Leila Weema ... Elizabeth's Friend
    Jimmy Gathu Jimmy Gathu ... John Mwaura
    Nini Wacera ... Mercy
    Stephen Ruiru Stephen Ruiru ... Motorbike Passenger
    Mburu Kimani Mburu Kimani ... Delivery Truck Driver
    Githae Njogu Githae Njogu ... Pastor
    Dennis Musyoka Dennis Musyoka ... Peter Okemi


    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. Inspried by Monica Arac de Nyeko's "Jambula Tree", which chronicles a story of two girls in love in Uganda, "Rafiki" challenges deep rooted cynicism about same sex relationships among actors, crew, friends, and family in Kenya. Written by sydsauce

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    Drama | Romance


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    English | Swahili

    Release Date:

    23 September 2018 (Kenya) See more »

    Also Known As:

    Amie See more »

    Filming Locations:

    Nairobi, Kenya See more »


    Box Office

    Opening Weekend USA:

    $16,016, 21 April 2019

    Gross USA:


    Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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    Technical Specs




    Aspect Ratio:

    2.35 : 1
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    Did You Know?


    The title means "friend" in the Kiswahili language and indicates the need in an intolerant society to disguise a same sex romance as a platonic friendship. See more »


    Performed by Njoki Karu (Beth Nijoki)
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    A beautiful tragic love story
    12 April 2019 | by passtheduchy-66137See all my reviews

    I just thought it was great, it held my attention all the way through, lack of budget and Hollywood stars wasn't an issue at all, I even since learnt one of the main characters never acted before in her life so that was a total shock to me.

    The director did really well to seek out the right talent she needed for this movie, in a way I feel that is what makes this film even more authentic, real Africans telling their own stories.

    It's a real shame Kenya banned the movie but the band was lifted for 7 days in thos 7 days it sold out completely.

    I really do feel if this movie gets the support it deserves and maybe win some awards they will have no choice but to lift the ban in kenya and hopefully change some of their laws in regards to freedom of expression.

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