In this candy-colored and dynamic lesbian romance, Kena and Ziki must navigate their blossoming relationship within their narrow-minded Kenyan hometown.
In the bustling and lively suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya, teenagers Kena and Ziki live out their days as opposites. Kena - tomboyish and a bit shy - hangs out with her guy crew kicking around soccer balls when she's not helping out in her father's shop. Ziki - an energetic and colorful girly girl - oozes style as she and her girls practice dance routines. Sparks fly when opposites attract but can their romance stand social bullies, parents and an unforgiving gossipy town? Rafiki, which opened at the Cannes Film Festival before being temporarily banned in Kenya by its Film and Classification Board for its lesbian theme, is a testament to filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu's ability to marry style and social commentary. A candy-colored romance between two young women set against a society that still shuns homosexuality, the film still bursts with the sweet energy and gentleness of burgeoning young love.