Wanuri Kahiu’s Kenyan-set love story, ‘Rafiki,’ is breaking boundaries and changing laws

Celebrating the love between two young women living in a country that criminalizes being LGBTQ, Rafiki proves how joy can be an act of resistance. Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, Rafiki won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation.

A court ruling deciding whether to decriminalize homosexuality in Kenya has been postponed until May 24th. What Kenya decides will impact other countries in Africa, which has 33 countries that still criminalize same-sex relationships.

Rafiki is a powerful reminder of the importance of fundamental human rights and, while the U.S. may be a global leader, shows how more work is necessary globally. Now, after winning accolades at film festivals worldwide, Rafiki is rolling out wider on screens in cities throughout the U.S. Upcoming releases this weekend include additional screenings in LA, San Diego, Dallas, Houston, Honolulu, Atlanta, Akron, and more. Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, Rafiki is a must-see LGBTQ film.

The film’s director, Wanuri Kahiu, stopped by GLAAD’s offices recently, to talk about the film and her work to accelerate LGBTQ rights in Kenya. Check out her interview, below:


Get your tickets to see Rafiki and show your support for diverse storytelling by visiting: bit.ly/RafikiMovie