April 10


06:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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CDC Group plc

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Curzon Soho

99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5DY

London, England, GB, W1D 5DY

Pride works and She works are delighted to announce that we will be screening the landmark, recently released film, Rafiki, for its first-ever cinema screening in the UK. Rafiki’s director, Wanuri Kahiu has agreed to join us for the event and participate in a Q&A session after her film is shown. With this event, we hope to continue to raise awareness across CDC of LGBTQI+ and gender issues in our markets.

Rafiki is a 2018 Kenyan drama film drama rected by Kahiu and inspired by Ugandan Monica Arac de Nyeko’s 2007 Caine Prize-winning short story “Jambula Tree”. It is the story of friendship and love that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures. With beautiful scenes reflecting the femininity of the characters, this gentle film is set against the backdrop of the bustling streets of Nairobi. The two very different girls must choose between love and safety surrounded by insular gossip, local politics and burgeoning maturity. Their magnetic pull draws us into a queer romance, as they try to hide their relationship from their politically opposing fathers.

The film had its international premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival but was banned by the Kenyan Film Classification Board (KFCB) due to its “homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law”. After Wanuri sued the Kenyan government, the Kenyan High Court lifted the ban on the film, allowing it to be screened for seven days. After the ban was lifted, Rafiki was shown to sold out crowds in Nairobi.

100{c7169d3fc74abcfb7f9e4a0de7d059aeb33b51442cb2f06ba31e13651e66f4af} of ticket sales will be going to the METRO charity. Metro seeks to promote health, wellbeing and celebrate difference. Established in 1994, METRO provides services to all people experiencing issues related to sexuality, identity, gender and diversity – a perfect fit for the topics discussed in Rafiki.

We hope that you can join us for this important event! Please note that ticket sales for internal CDC staff will run until 1st April, following which we will extend the invitation to external parties including friends and family.