Friday, May. 10, 2019 – Sunday, May. 12, 2019

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Bursting with the colorful street style and music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, the story follows Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), who have been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives.” When love blossoms between them, they must choose between happiness and security. Initially banned in Kenya for its candor in portraying a lesbian relationship, Rafiki won a landmark supreme court case challenging Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation.

Upcoming Showtimes

Friday, May 10: 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 12: 5 p.m.

"[A]t home, where homosexuality remains a criminal offense, Rafiki has been slapped with a ban for its positive representation — a state of affairs that makes this lively, brightly performed film impossible not to celebrate...." – Variety

"[A] vibrant, pulsing piece of work, keying off the joy of young love and unexpected discovery." – Flavorwire

"[W]ith Rafiki, the director has produced a wholly new vision of African filmmaking that is vibrant, compassionate, and joyous." – Cinema Scope

"A burst of unfiltered teenage energy. Lively and full of vision! [Kahiu] has a wonderful eye for detail and lyricism." – Vulture

"A dynamic, smoothly-executed tale of impossible love that brings fresh energy to a subject that may seem overly familiar to western eyes. ...[R]eminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee." – Screen Daily

"[B]y framing an effervescent lesbian romance against a backdrop of political allegiance and the societal taboos surrounding LGBTQ rights, Rafiki finds its voice – and deserves to shout it, loud and clear." – Dazed

"The story's simplicity and directness are a big part of its charm." – BBC

Read Screen Daily and Sight & Sound reviews.

Read an interview with the filmmaker.

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.

 

HOURS & ADMISSION

  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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