Film Review: RAFIKI (Kenya 2018) ***

Festival Reviews

Rafiki Poster
Trailer
“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.

Director:

Wanuri Kahiu

From the opening shots and song played during the opening credits, the audience can tell what will be following will be a very rhythmic film.  The spritely song and the colourful images (drops of water, skateboarding in the street, the animated colours) are all flashing as if in synchronization to the beats of the soundtrack.

RAFIKI offers lessons to learn about Kenya.  Not many North Americans are familiar with the customs, food, language, clothes, music, dance and life in general in Kenya.  On display is a totally foreign way…

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