‘Rafiki’ First Reactions From Cannes: What Do Critics Think of Kenyan Gay Movie?

Article by Jacqueline
Posted: May 11, 2018

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.

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