Date(s) - 14/05/2020
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm


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Watch Party: Rafiki

Rafiki (means “friend” in Swahili). Rafiki is a Kenyan feature film drama bringing together two friends on the verge of romantic relations in a time where LGBTQ rights are criminalized and LGBTQ lives contested. Faced with bias and backlash in their daily lives, they learn how love can open new worlds. Vibrant. Tender. Joy. Heartbreak. Togetherness.

The film was initially banned in Kenya because of its positive portrayal of queer romance – until Rafiki won a landmark court case. A victory for the film and a victory against anti-LGBTQ legislation.


This film pick is part of the lead-up to IDAHOT. Occurring annually, this year’s theme is “Breaking the Silence.” Use this film to ask where are the silences? How are global LGBTQ+ voices heard? How do we welcome LGBTQ+ loved ones to take up space at school, at work, at home, in friend groups? How do we centre LGBTQ+ voices that aren’t typically the face of the movement in Canada (i.e. racialized and/or migrant LGBTQ+ folks)?

Get comfy. Be ready with smiles (and maybe a box of tissues).
Participate in ways that work for you. Watch in full. Or in part.
Chat. Don’t chat. Stay for the post-film discussion.
Just watch. Just listen.
Or, just know we’re here. All welcome. Allies welcome.

Director: Wanuri Kahiu, 2018
Language: English & Swahili, with English subtitles
Running time: 83 minutes
Rated: not rated
Content Warnings (CW): homophobia, violence, family violence

Hosted by the: Community Care Centre
Questions/Accommodations: [email protected]

DATE: Thurs.May 14
TIME: 3-5pm

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