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Black Films Matter: Rafiki

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” – but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.

Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, RAFIKI won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation. Featuring remarkable performances by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, RAFIKI is a hip tale of first love “reminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee” (Screen Daily) that’s “impossible not to celebrate” (Variety)!
(83 minutes)

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May 30
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hippodrome Theatre
25 SE 2nd Pl
Gainesville, FL 32601 United States
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352-375-4477
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Hippodrome Theatre
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352-373-5968
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social@thehipp.org
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