April 4, 6:00 PM – April 4, 8:00 PM

Boston University's George Sherman Union Auditorium


Directed by Wanuri Kahiu 2018 1h 23m Kenya, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France, Norway, Lebanon, UK English, Swahili Foreign, Drama

"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

Join us for a screening of Rafiki, a breakthrough Queer coming-of-age film based in Kenya, along with an after-film discussion with Associate Professor Jennifer DeClue of Smith College and filmmaker Thato Mwosa. Rafiki centers around the growing romance between two young women living in Nairobi, facing backlash from their community due to homosexuality being illegal in Kenya. The title Rafiki is the Swahili term for “friend.” Samantha Mugatsia, who plays protagonist Kena of Rafiki, won the Best Actress award at the FESPACO film festival, or the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, in 2019.
Jennifer DeClue is an Associate Professor of the Study of Women & Gender at Smith College who specializes in studies pertaining to Black feminism, Queer of Color critique, popular culture, the avant-garde, and film studies. Thato Mwosa is an award-winning illustrator, playwright, screenwriter, writer, director, and lecturer for Boston University’s Film and Television department.
Sponsored by BU Diversity & Inclusion, the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff, and the Wicked Queer Film Festival

This event is proud to be co-presented by: BU Diversity & Inclusion , The LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff