“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives”, but street-smart tomboy Kena and rainbow-haired free spirit Ziki long for a life beyond the confines of their conservative Nairobi neighbourhood. From the moment the two young women meet, love blossoms between them. But the girls belong to families on opposite sides of Kenya’s political divide, and the star-crossed lovers find themselves forced to make an impossible choice between happiness and safety.
Brimming with Afropop aesthetics and the dreamy intimacy of first love, Wanuri Kahiu’s effervescent romance signals a new African cinema that is youthful and stylishly engaged with pop culture. It is also a timely and necessary film. Banned in Kenya, this tale of teenage first love demonstrates unabashed courage in telling queer stories in a country where gay sex is still a punishable offence.