Speed Cinema Screening: Rafiki 02/03/19 3 pm

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Sunday February 3

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3:00 PM  –  4:25 PM

 

Directed by Wanuri Kahiu

“Impossible not to celebrate.”—Guy Lodge, Variety

Rafiki (which means “friend” in Swahili) premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the May 2018 Cannes Film Festival, as the first Kenyan film ever selected for the festival. Initially banned in its native Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, Rafiki won a landmark Kenyan Supreme Court case chipping away at anti-LGBT legislation, and ultimately led to its selection as Kenya’s submission for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

The film, inspired by the short story, “Jambula Tree,” explores the interpersonal, political, and religious implications of the burgeoning love between two politicians’ daughters, Kena and Ziki.

Rafiki demonstrates a hope for tolerance, and although it has found itself the subject of censorship and controversy, it remains a breakthrough moment in the history of film for its bold themes and celebration of Kenyan heritage. 2018, Kenya, DCP, in English and Swahili with English subtitles, 83 minutes.  Recommended for 16+.

Followed by a post-screening discussion led by Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner, hosts of the WFPL podcast Strange Fruit.

Don’t forget to bring your Speed Art Museum membership card to verify your membership.

 

 

 

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