2018. Kenya. 83 min. English, Swahili. Partially Subtitled.
Director: Wanuri Kahiu Featuring: Patricia Amira, Muthoni Gathecha, Jimmy Gathu, Nice Githinji, Charlie Karumi, Patricia Kihoro
Tomboy and daughter of local politician, Kena, has always been “one of the guys.” Defying Kenya’s construct of womanhood and presenting more androgynously, she is often an outsider in her community. When Ziki, the charismatic daughter of her father’s political rival, moves to town, Kena makes her first female friend. Initially Kena’s mother is thrilled with the friendship, but when the two girls’ bond blossoms into romance, it could prove disastrous for the family’s reputation. Facing violent homophobia, the young couple must defend themselves against Kenya’s anti-gay laws, forcing them to choose between happiness and safety. Discussion with director Wanuri Kahiu, moderated by VAFF Advisory Board member Jason George
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center