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Rafiki (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Rafiki tells a familiar story with bracing originality, marking director/co-writer Wanuri Kahiu as a talent to watch.

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"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety

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I really like this film and I think [director] Wanuri Kahiu is definitely someone to watch.

September 27, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a film that is rushing with energy and life.

May 24, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

But to merely describe what happens in "Rafiki" would be to overlook its transporting sense of place, its striking visual pleasures and its credible and moving performances.

May 9, 2019 | Full Review…

For its formal simplicity and directness, "Rafiki" is a small revelation, not least because it marks the breakthrough of a filmmaker of such exhilarating, cheerfully courageous vision.

May 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A lyrical ode to finding a kindred spirit amidst an uncaring majority.

April 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Rafiki hardly breaks new narrative ground, but Kahiu's fluid direction and wholly empathetic performances by Mugatsia and Munyiva make the movie special.

April 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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The intentions are definitely noble, especially considering that the film was made in a country where homosexuality means a death sentence, but unfortunately the love story is developed in an extremely corny way and the ending is a dishonest cop-out that frustrates for its naiveté.

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