Rafiki - Barbican, London

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Screening & Talk

Event Date

Tue 31 Mar 2020

Event Time

13:00 - 15:10


Barbican Cinema 2 and 3,
Barbican Centre Silk St,


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Curriculum Subject/s

  • Citizenship
  • Democracy
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Personal
  • Politics
  • PSHE Education
  • Religious Education
  • Social
  • Spirituality


  • Wheelchair friendly
    Wheelchair Access

WHAT: Into Film is proud to present a free educational screening of Rafiki as part of the Spring Screenings: Changing Times programme. At a time of remarkable change around attitudes towards the environment, technology, politics, and identity, particularly for young people, this film will open up discussion around some of these themes, utilising the remarkable power of cinema to deepen learning as well as provoke conversation and debate. The screening will be preceded by a short compilation of archive film on the theme, special schools' edit provided by Yorkshire Film Archive and will be followed by a talk.

About the talk:

Grace Barber-Plentie is a freelance film programmer and writer, as well as a Marketing Coordinator for BFI Distribution. Her programming and writing are focused on queer black female representation in front of and behind the camera.

WHEN: Tuesday 31 March, 1pm - 3.10pm (the event will start promptly at 1.15pm)

WHERE: Barbican Cinema 2 and 3, Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS. Cafe will be open from 10am for public use. Changing Places toilet is available in the building. Barbican Cinema 2 & 3 are located on Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican's Silk Street entrance. From Silk Street, you'll see a zebra crossing that will take you across the road to the venue.


Certificate: 12A - BBFC. Into Film recommends this film is engaging for ages 11+.

 Language: English/Swahili with English subtitles


*Educators must ensure they book tickets for themselves as well as students. On the order form, please indicate how many young people and how many adults will attend out of the total amount of tickets you have booked*


We look forward to seeing you at the screening!

Please contact info@intofilm.org with any queries.


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Film title



Kena and Ziki, two college students awaiting their exam results, don’t want to fall into the traditions assigned to women in their conservative community, and cannot wait to explore the world and pursue their chosen careers. Although both their fathers are competing against one another in Nairobi’s local elections the two are drawn to each other and quickly fall in love. However, with homosexuality being illegal in Kenya and the two young women fearing rejection from the families, they face the struggle of choosing between safety and their relationship. Set against a wonderful backdrop of colourful settings and costumes, with a complex and empathetic script, this is a vital story that deals with a wide variety of themes such as growing up, community and LGBTQ+ representation.

moderate violence, infrequent strong language, discriminatory behaviour


Wanuri Kahiu



Country of Production

France / Germany / Kenya / Lebanon / Norway / South Africa / The Netherlands


  • Drama
  • Romance


English / Swahili


82 minutes



Venue name

Barbican Cinema 2 and 3


Barbican Centre Silk St,