When we last reported on Rafiki, the compelling romance from Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu, we said Film Movement had acquired the North American rights to the film. Now, word has come that the Nairobi-born director’s film is set to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Set against the backdrop of a society that bans homosexuality, Rafiki is a compelling coming-of-age narrative that centers around the romance between two young women whose rapid growing relationship spurs opposition from their respective families and communities.
TIFF’s official description: “When Kena and Ziki first lock eyes, it’s a genuine coup de foudre despite the fact their families are political rivals. The young women grow close, but as they are not able to show their attraction in public, they are forced to sneak small moments in private.”
The film received a six-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival.
Rafiki stars Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Jimmi Gathu, Nini Wacera and Dennis Musyoka. The film will premiere at TIFF on Sep. 6.
Watch the trailer for Rafiki in the video below.