Making a debut at this year’s Un Certain Regard section of the the 2018 Cannes Film Festival is Kenyan film ‘Rafiki‘, main characters; Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) are two young women who fall in love despite the odds stacked against them, an inspired film by the 2007 Caine Prize Winning short story “Jambula Tree” by Ugandan writer Monica Arac Nyeko.
The project, a South African/Kenyan/French/Netherlanders/German co-production (Big World Cinema/Awali Entertainment/MPM Film/Rinkel Film/Razor Film Produktion) directed by multi-award-winning Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu, was first shopped at the Cannes Market in 2014, so it’s been a long journey, and it’s only fitting that it makes its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Shadow And Acts Reports.
Rafiki one of the most anticipated films to come out of Africa not only cause of it’s Cannes debut but it touches on topics like same-sex relationships, womanhood, and love, themes that are never fully highlighted in African cinema.
However, Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has been banned the film because it “seeks to legitimize lesbian romance,” also warned that anyone found in possession of the film would be in breach of the law in Kenya, where gay sex is punishable by 14 years, BBC reports.
Here’s the trailer below: