Yearning for Something More

The Hollywood Theater in northeast Portland presents the film “Rafiki,” a hip tale of first love between two young women in Nairobi, Kenya, a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. The screening takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the theater’s Queer Commons series.

Bursting with the colorful street style and music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, “Rafiki”centers on Kena and Ziki, two young women who have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” -- but they yearn for something more.

Despite a political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, they 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. The film features a remarkable performance by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva.