‘Rafiki’ First Reactions From Cannes: What Do Critics Think of Kenyan Gay Movie?
The reviews for ‘Rafiki’ are out. The movie, which was the first Kenyan feature to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, has received a lot of international recognition. Despite it being banned in Kenya for its progressive LGBT storyline, authority publications such as IndieWire, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and celebrities such as Janelle Monae are all for it.
Critics are already sharing their opinion about the movie and though some of the remarks may be biting and sharp, they all agree it’s a step in the right direction. The reactions on Twitter are quite a number but we focused on what critics had to say.
In case you missed it, the red-carpet premiere pics of the Wanuri Kahiu and the two principal actresses, Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva were also shared on social media and we captured that as well.
If it screened in Kenya, would you go see it?
THIS is what #Kenya needs now – EPIC thinkers & doers. Wanuri Kahiu and her film @rafiki_movie premiering at the @festivaldecannes last night (first Kenyan picture to do so) is an example of how not settling for the status quo (+ hard work!) is what will free this country from mediocrity. SO inspired by you today @wanuri ✨✨✨ Thanks for the pic @karenkazlucas.
Rafiki – Kenyan lesbian drama is good, not great. Strong directorial debut, looking forward to seeing Wanuri Kahiu evolve and make more films. The story is ultra cliche but has a Kenyan attitude and flavor that I really enjoyed. It's sweet. #cannes2018
— Alex Billington (@firstshowing) May 9, 2018
RAFIKI: limp Kenyan love story between the daughters of rival politicians has already been banned in Kenya, thus proving its necessity. that it’s a sloppy & scattershot mess almost seems irrelevant. the two leads deserve a much better script and more room to breathe. #Cannes2018 pic.twitter.com/kyhwHEFq50
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) May 9, 2018
#Rafiki is – in terms of filmmaking – somewhat conventional. But in terms of representation politics & storytelling it‘s an important & well made glimpse into Kenya, it‘s people and society. And the 2 protagonists are strong leads. Takes a lot of Chuzpe to make this film. #cannes
— Beatrice Behn (@DansLeCinema) May 9, 2018
— 🥃Donald Clarke📽 (@DonaldClarke63) May 9, 2018
Happy to report that I was moved by Rafiki. Wasn't perfect, but good story and lovely performances from the lead actresses.
— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) May 9, 2018
Lesbian romance #Rafiki's director Wanuri Kahiu, and stars Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva received a standing ovation last night at #Cannes2018. Read our review of the film: https://t.co/UOoKmmydd7 pic.twitter.com/U6I83tDjKQ
— Variety (@Variety) May 10, 2018
— IndieWire (@IndieWire) May 9, 2018
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 10, 2018