For Black History Month 2019, the Southwark LGBT Network will be hosting a screening of the groundbreaking lesbian film Rafiki.

Set in Nairobi, and filled with its colorful street style & music. RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” – but they yearn for something more.

Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.

Rafiki was the first Kenyan film to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. It was initially banned from being screened in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board ‘due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law’.

Guest panellists at the event will be announced shortly.

We would like to thank Southwark Council and The Metro Charity for supporting us to make this event happen.


As this is a free event, tickets are restricted to 2 per person. If you would a larger number of tickets, please email chair@southwarklgbtnetwork/secretary@southwarklgbtnetwork.

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