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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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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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