Watch the trailer for “Rafiki”, the first Kenyan feature to get screened at Cannes

A tale of lesbian love who in Nairobi

Kenyan filmmaker, Wanuri Kahiu, just released the trailer for her feature film, “Rafiki”. The film tells the story of lesbian lovers, Kena and Ziki, who have to navigate their love around society’s reservation. Their relationship is made even more unlikely by the political rivalry between their parents, and ultimately they have to choose between love and their safety.

Set in Nairobi, the trailer offers shots of the couple’s romantic affair but also shows some of the judgmental stares and remarks they have to deal with living in a housing estate. “Rafiki” depicts the difficult decisions and choices of homosexuals in Africa. However, the film will be premiered at the Cannes Film Festival as the first ever Kenyan film to feature at the award ceremony. Which is just as well, seeing as it’ll almost definitely be banned from Kenyan cinemas.

Watch the trailer for Wanuri Kahiu’s “Rafiki” below.

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