Women's March presents: Rafiki with a talkback by Brady G'Sell

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 6:00pm

This second screening in the Vanguard Voices series, part of Filmscene's monthlong Women's March, Rafiki is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that "good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives" - but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.

Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance and bursting with the colorful street style and music of Nairobi's vibrant youth culture, Rafiki won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenya anti-LGBT legislation.  

The screening will feature a post-screening talkback led by Brady G'Sell, Assistant Professor, Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies and Anthropology. The Obermann Center is proud to be a sponsor of the Vanguard Voices series and of Women's March.