Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and free spirit Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) both dream of a life beyond the stifling confines of their conservative Nairobi neighbourhood. From the moment the two young women meet, the connection is clear and their budding friendship blossoms into something more serious, forcing these star-crossed lovers to make an impossible choice between happiness and safety.
Adapted from a Ugandan short story, Monica Arac de Nyeko’s Jambula Tree, a national ban was enforced on Rafiki for its supposed ‘intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya, contrary to the law’. Such intolerance only serves as a testament to the unabashed courage director Wanuri Kahiu demonstrates in telling queer stories in a country where gay sex is still a punishable offence.
The screening will be preceded by a CineQ drinks reception held in the bar from 7pm.