37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024


Rafiki FINAL Play Button

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.


Saturday, November 3


9:15 PM


Culbreth Theatre

Film Info

Director: Wanuri Kahiu.

Runtime: 83 min.

Year: 2018

Country: Kenya

Language: English, Swahili

Featuring: Patricia Amira, Muthoni Gathecha, Jimmy Gathu, Nice Githinji, Charlie Karumi, Patricia Kihoro.