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Directed by Wanuri Kahui
Women Filmmakers Week – Closing Night
Co-Presented with Portland International Film Festival
Sponsored by Mercy Corps
Rafiki, which means “friend” in Swahili, is a love story between two young Kenyan women who live in a country where homosexuality is banned. Forced to hide their love from family, friends and the public, Kena and Ziki create their own private world where their love flourishes in hidden, snatched moments of joy and happiness. Inevitably, however, Kena and Ziki are unable to escape their country’s harsh laws and prejudices against gay people, and they are forced to choose between happiness, family, and safety.
In English and Swahili with English subtitles.