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Reel Q Film Screening – Rafiki (2018)
May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join Reel Q and Contemporary Craft for a free screening of the film Rafiki (2018), directed by Wanuri Kahiu.
This event is offered in conjunction with Contemporary Craft’s Self exhibition. This exhibition presents the work of Erika Diamond and matt lambert, who explore the breadth and confines of gender identity, connection, contact, and the body through wearable works of art. Rafiki will be screened in Contemporary Craft’s gallery, surrounded by the work of Diamond and lambert.
Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, Rafiki (which means “friends”) 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.
Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, Rafiki won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation. Featuring remarkable performances by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, Rafiki is a hip tale of first love “reminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee” (Screen Daily) that’s “impossible not to celebrate” (Variety)!
Reel Q celebrates LGBTQ+ culture by fostering appreciation and visibility through film and other forms of visual media. We provide a much-needed cultural outlet for Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ+ communities, designed to support queer artists, audiences, and allies. Stay up to date with Reel Q’s monthly events at reelq.org or on social media at @reelqpgh
Presenting contemporary art in craft materials by international, national, and regional artists since 1971, Contemporary Craft offers innovative exhibitions focused on multicultural diversity and contemporary art, as well as a range of hands-on workshops, community engagement programs, and a store. Visit contemporarycraft.org to learn more.