“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives”, is what Kena and Ziki have heard all their young lives. And that getting a mortgage is the dream of every normal Kenyan. But Kena and Ziki want more. They want adventure and real love, not a dull existence as an obedient wife in the suburbs. It’s not until they fall in love with one another that they find out just how conservative the world around them really is. The relationship between these two young women forms the warm, beating heart of this sparkling, colourful film.

'Afrobubblegum' is what director Wanuri Kahiu calls her style, and the production company of which she is co-founder. In the words of the young maker, this stands for “fun, fierce and frivolous African art”. Like its two protagonists, this film had to overcome considerable resistance after being banned by Kenyan censors. Kahiu contested this decision and finally won in the Kenyan High Court.

Screenings

  • Thu 24 Jan Schouwburg Grote Zaal
    Dutch subtitles
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  • Fri 25 Jan Cinerama 1
    English subtitles
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  • Fri 1 Feb Pathé 4
    Dutch subtitles
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  • Sat 2 Feb Pathé 4
    Dutch subtitles
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Filmmaker
Wanuri Kahiu
Country
South Africa, France, Lebanon, Norway, Netherlands, Germany
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
82’
Language
English, Swahili
Producer
Steven Markovitz
Production Company
Big World Cinema, Rinkel Film
Sales
MPM Premium
Writer
Wanuri Kahiu, Jenna Cato Bass
Cinematography
Christopher Wessels
Editor
Isabelle Dedieu
Production Design
Arya Lalloo
Cast
Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati, Jimmy Gathu, Patricia Amira, Muthoni Gathecha, Dennis Musyoka
Website
http://wanurikahiu.com