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21 May 2019 6pm

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Hyde Park Picture House

Brudenell Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1JD

Set in a provincial Kenyan village where the community’s ties are extremely close and nothing can hide from the public eye, Rafiki follows Kena and Ziki, two teenage girls who – despite the rivalries between their families and their deeply conservative community – fall in love. Kena dreams of a nursing career, Ziki is less sure about her future, but both know that they want something more in life, something that goes beyond marriage and motherhood.

Rafiki is a truly vibrant film, full of bright colours and dreamy shots that are bound to captivate its audiences. Banned it its home country for a “clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law and dominant values of the Kenyans”, this is a pioneering feature that strives to make a difference.

As an introduction to the film, we will be joined by Dr Adriaan van Klinken, Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Leeds, to talk about social change in modern-day Kenya and Rafiki within the context of religiously-inspired homophobia.

DIRECTOR: Wanuri Kahiu
DETAILS: KY/ZA/DE/NLD/FR/NO/LBN, 82mins, 2018, 12A
STARRING: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva
F-RATING: Triple
LANGUAGE: Swahili with English subtitles

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Wheelchair Access

Level access is available to the stalls via the Brudenell Road fire exit. There are four wheelchair spaces in the auditorium. Sadly at this time our toilets are not accessible via wheelchair. 

Hyde Park Picture House
  • Wheelchair access
  • Film
  • LGBT+
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