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Watch the Trailer for 'RAFIKI'—The First Kenyan Feature Film Set To Premiere at Cannes

After watching this, you'll understand why it's heading to one of the world's renowned film festivals.

The trailer for Wanuri Kahiu's feature film, RAFIKI, is here, Shadow and Act reports.

It was announced last week that RAFIKI (Friend) will be the first feature film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, which begins May 8.


The film is inspired by the 2007 Caine Prize Winning short story "Jambula Tree" by Ugandan writer Monica Arac Nyeko and asks whether it's safer being invisible or if it's better to defy conservative rules, while discovering one's identity and destiny through love.

Meet the main characters, Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), two young women who fall in love despite the odds stacked against them, in the trailer below.

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10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

Around the world, Nigerians in the diaspora have picked up the mantle of protesting peacefully against police brutality and violence. These gatherings are a direct extension of the nationwide protests that were brought to a tragic halt in Lagos after soldiers of the Nigerian army fired guns at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate venue.

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression and this has been represented significantly in cinema. This list, while not an exhaustive one, attempts to contextualize this rich cinematic history, tracing the complex and diverse ways that protest culture have been reflected in African film. From influential classics that are now considered required viewing to fascinating portraits of individual resistance, these films are proof that the struggle continues, regardless.

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The 6 Best East African Songs of the Month (October)

Featuring Nadia Mukami, Zuchu x Joeboy, John Blaq and more.

October featured an array of incredible releases from East Africa's pop royalty as well as promising newbies.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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AKA Releases New Single 'Casino' Featuring Sho Madjozi and Flvme

Listen to AKA's new single 'Casino' featuring Sho Madjozi and Flvme.

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#EndSARS: Martin Luther King III Appeals to Nigerian Government Amidst Ongoing Protests

Martin Luther King III has appealed to the Nigerian government to respect the rights of #EndSARS protestors in the nation's enduring calls to end police brutality.