The first ever Kenyan film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival which ran from May 8th to the 19th.
The film has been banned in Kenya but that hasn’t stopped the world from appreciating Kenyan talent. It’s writer/producer Wanuri Kahiu jetted back home this past weekend after a whirlwind time in Paris.
The soundtrack features Muthoni Drummer Queen, Chemutai Sage, Blinky Bill and a host of other talent.
“Rafiki” was inspired by the 2007 Caine Prize winner, Monica Arac de Nyeko’s “Jambula Tree,” which chronicled a story of two girls in love in Uganda. The filmmaker added that “making 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.”
The Kenyan filmmaker also noted that her film is “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.”
The film is Kahiu’s second feature film, following her 2009 drama “From a Whisper.” Her 2010 sci-fi short “Pumzi” screened at Sundance in 2010.