Kena lives on a Nairobi housing estate with her mother. Helping her father, convenience store owner John, campaign for a local election, she befriends Ziki, the daughter of his political rival. As Kena and Ziki’s relationship deepens, so do the stakes, forcing them to choose between openness and secrecy, happiness and safety.
Despite the honour of being the first Kenyan film selected to screen at Cannes, it was nevertheless banned in Kenya for positively portraying and ‘promoting’ homosexuality, illegal in the country - a decision that director Wanuri Kahiu challenged, and finally got overruled, allowing Rifiki to be screened in Kenya for 7 days in September 2018.
'Rafiki represents political filmmaking at its most crucial' - Jude Dry, IndieWire