Indeed, the film "Rafiki" (also known as “Friend”), directed by a Kenyan female director, Wanuri Kahiu, was selected to be presented during Cannes International Film Festival in the "un certain regard" (a certain look) section.
Kahiu is a director who is starting to make herself known. In 2010, her short film "Pumzi" was screened at Sundance where she was noticed for her work. In a few days, she will climb the prestigious steps of Cannes. It will be a great recognition for her and an incredible pride for the Kenyan LGBT community.
"I'm so excited ! We did it! My new film Rafiki is the first Kenyan feature to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival. Congratulate with me the actors and the Kenyan team! What an incredible feat!"
According to the official synopsis, the film tells the story of "Kena and Ziki, two young women who long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety."
The film is inspired by the book "Jambula Tree," which is a love story between two Ugandan girls written by Monica Arac of Nyeko.
The director explains that to "make a film about two women in love set in Kenya, means challenging deep rooted cynicism about same sex relationships among actors, crew, friends, and family.”
She describes "Rafiki" as “a story about all that is good and difficult about being in love, so that for those fortunate moments we are lifted above our prejudices.”
Here is the trailer of "Rafiki", this beautiful lesbian movie that will be screened during Cannes Film Festival between May 8 - 19.