“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. The film has won numerous awards and nominations. In English and Swahili language with English subtitles.

82 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Violence, Prejudice).
Drama, Gay interest, Romance, Female interest.
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Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji, Charlie Karumi, Muthoni Gathecha, Vitalis Waweru
Wanuri Kahiu
ScreenplayWanuri Kahiu, Jenna Cato Bass, from the short story by Monica Arac de Nyeko
CinematographyChristopher Wessels
EditingIsabelle Dedieu, Ronelle Loots
Made in2018
Produced byBig World Cinema, MPM Film, Schortcut Films, Ape&Bjørn, Rinkel Film, Razor Film Produktion GmbH, Tango Entertainment,

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

LanguageFairly frequent, moderate (sic) impact language. [Examples cut. - Ed.]
SexNone (sic)
ViolenceFairly frequent, moderate impact scenes of physical, psychological and emotional violence e.g. Kena is constantly taunted and harassed, engages in a physical fight and the girls are beaten up in a mob justice attack
PrejudiceFrequent, thematic, moderate impact Prejudice against homosexuality and same sex relations e.g. one man twice refers to Kena saying 'faggot' saying 'You looking faggot!' and 'more like a faggot you homo!' and suffer mob justice attack they are beaten up and bruised, then mocked by the police and humiliated because of their relationship.
Drug abuseNone
CommentsThe movie revolves around a young woman Kena from the town of The Slopes in Kenya and her controversial same sex relationship with Ziki, the daughter of a prominent politician in the community. The movie explores the challenges the girls face when they fall in love and become romantically involved in a generally homophobic community. They face rejection, ridicule, suffer unwarranted physical attacks and mob justice because of their sexual orientation. THEMES are Complex, mature, sensitive, adult nature themes that deal with same sex relationships, religion, politics, father/daughter relations, forgiveness, fatherly love, strained family relations, mother/daughter relations, friendships, lesbianism, a homophobic community, church service and sermons, friendship, humiliation, love, secrets, gender based issues, jealousy, encouragement, right vs wrong, shame, hate crime, romance, a broken family, infidelity, career dreams and aspirations, falling in love, mob justice, being ostracised, forbidden love and intolerance. The themes may be confusing, disturbing, distressing, and upsetting to children under the age of 16 who may not be fully developed cognitively to comprehend the concept of sexuality, same sex love relationships, homophobia, intolerance and hate crime (mob justice) as portrayed in the content.
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Tomatometer quote iconRafiki tells a familiar story with bracing originality, marking director/co-writer Wanuri Kahiu as a talent to watch.

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