After the screening, singer/songwriter WARD will give a live performance. Known for her experimental indie pop music, WARD delivers songs which are characteristically dreamy, upbeat and easy to dance to. Her latest EP focused on her own self-acceptance within the LGBTQ+ community.
A love story between two young women (played by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva) in a country where homosexuality is still illegal, Rafiki is saturated with joy, heartbreak, and a richly effervescent cinematography that showcases director Wanuri Kahiu’s native Nairobi in all its vibrancy. When Kena and Ziki first lock eyes, it’s a genuine coup de foudre despite the fact their families are political rivals. The young women grow close, but as they are not able to show their attraction in public — or even to their relatives and friends — they are forced to sneak small moments in private. Together they create their own world, vividly evoked through Kahiu’s filmic eye, where their love isn’t anything other than an expression of their commitment to each other. The space they create, however, isn’t immune to the biases of the outside world. Inspired by Monica Arac de Nyeko’s story Jambula Tree, Rafiki is a celebration of love. In 2018, a Kenyan high court temporarily lifted the country’s ban on the film. It screened for one week in Kenya — to sold-out crowds — making it eligible for submission to the Academy Awards’ Foreign Language Film category.