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CANCELLED: Queer History Month Film Screening: Rafiki
March 20, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Rafiki (Swahili for “friend”) is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Rafiki is the story of romance that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures around LGBT rights in Kenya. Kena and Ziki live very different lives in Nairobi. Kena works in her father’s shop and awaits the start of nursing school, while Ziki passes the days hanging out with her friends and making up dance routines. Their paths cross when their fathers run against each other for seats in the County Assembly, and they find themselves drawn to each other. Soon their interest grows to affection and the girls find ways to love each other despite the ever-watching gaze of the neighborhood.
This screening is brought to you by the FIT Film and Media department, the FIT Film Club, and the FIT LGBTQ Alliance. The screening will also provide an opportunity for networking with members of the Uptown Queer Collective, a local group dedicated to create a safe space for folx, femmes, and butches of all genders. They strive to create safe spaces for specific subcultures of the queer community in addition to space for the intersection of such communities and ask that each specific space is respected.
This event is free and open to the public.