Film Details

Runtime: 83 minutes

Language: English and Swahili with English Subtitles

Director: Wanuri Kahiu

Country: Kenya, 2018

Genre: Drama, Lesbian, Romance


An old Kenyan proverb says "Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives", but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in an ultra-conservative and sexist society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. Inspired by the book Jambula Tree, a story of two girls in love in Uganda, Rafiki challenges deep rooted cynicism about same-sex relationships in Kenya.


Jury Winner

Jury Winner -

Best Narrative


Honors -

Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival

Presenting Sponsors

Edge Media Network OUTshine Film Festival OUTshine Film Festival