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'RAFIKI' Will Make Its First U.S. Theatrical Release Very Soon

Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu's groundbreaking film premieres in April at BAM in Brooklyn.

RAFIKI is finally making its way the big screen stateside.

The Cannes-favorite, directed by Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu (who's also one of our fabulous OkayAfrica 100 Women honorees), is set to make its first U.S. theatrical run at BAM in Brooklyn—premiering Friday, April 19.

RAFIKI follows the journeys of Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), two fearlessly individualistic young women who, despite the fact that their fathers are rival political candidates, form a steadfast bond. When their friendship develops into romance, they must fight to protect their love in the face of societal prejudices determined to tear them apart. With a remarkable feeling for color, music, and the bustling street life of Nairobi, Kahiu crafts an empowering, sublimely moving love story.

Revisit the trailer below.


'Rafiki' - Official Trailer (Exclusive) youtu.be

The film recently got another nod at the 50th edition of FESPACO—Africa's oldest and largest pan-African film and TV festival. Mugatsia took home the award for 'Best Actress' for her noteworthy role in the film.

RAFIKI will be screening at BAM from Friday, April 19 through Thursday, April 25. Kahiu is due to make an appearance during the week-long run. For more information, visit BAM's website here.

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