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Rafiki (lit. "Friend") is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu.[1] It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.[2][3] The film has been banned in Kenya due to its lesbian storyline.[4][5]

Film poster
Directed by Wanuri Kahiu
Written by Wanuri Kahiu
Starring Charlie Karumi
Release date
  • 9 May 2018 (2018-05-09) (Cannes)
Country Kenya
Language English


  • Samantha Mugatsia as Kena
  • Sheila Munyiva as Ziki
  • Neville Masati as Blacksta
  • Nini Wacera as Mercy
  • Jimmy Gathu as John
  • Charlie Karumi as Waireri


  1. ^ "Rafiki". Cannes. Retrieved 6 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "The 2018 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 12 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Cannes Lineup Includes New Films From Spike Lee, Jean-Luc Godard". Variety. Retrieved 12 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "Ban of Kenyan film over lesbianism criticised". Daily Nation. Retrieved 2018-05-03. 
  5. ^ "Kenya bans Rafiki ahead of Cannes debut over lesbian scenes". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2018. 

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