‘Rafiki’, meaning ‘Friend’, is a movie directed by Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu, she of the From a Whisper fame. It is the story of forbidden love and unfulfilled aspirations.
It revolves around a teenage lesbian affair between Ziki and Kena. Initially, the movie was banned in Kenya for “glorifying homosexual behaviour”. But after Wanuri went to court, Kenyans got a chance to see it.
The movie touches on religion, where we see the lovebirds attending a church service. When the preacher speaks about homosexuality, Kena is offended and walks out. I think she felt guilty, more so since her family member was in the congregation.
I would have expected that in the end, Kena and Ziki would find love from the opposite sex and not have the hope of continuing with their girl-girl affair.
The movie at some point gives the society a clear picture of what is happening to the young generation and how deceiving some friendships could be. If you met Ziki and Kena, you would not be in a position to judge them until they are busted.
I also think the director has tried to exercise feminism in the whole movie. No man is seen as successful in whatever he tries.
A good example is when
tries to lure Kena to be his lover. Kena doesn’t agree that means a loss to the boy child. When Kena messes up in life, her mother blames the dad (Mwaura) for
upbringing of their daughter.
I would rate it 18+ because I feel our society is still rigid. Our moral value would be interfered with if we allowed the young generation to watch it.
Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Patricia Amira, Muthoni Gathecha, Jimmy Gathu, Nini Wacera.
Jenna Cato Bass, Wanuri Kahiu