AFROBUBBLEGUM Is the New Film Genre Redefining African Representation

Supa Modo. Still courtesy of Wanjeri Gakuru

Wanuri Kahiu’s story of young lesbian love, Rafiki, made international headlines this May for being the first Kenyan film programmed at the Cannes Film Festival in 71 years of French Riviera cinema history. The significance was not lost on Kahiu. “We stood on the red carpet as young African women and celebrated the film,” she tells Broadly. “There hasn’t been a space for us and I’m glad that we are creating the space and others are making space as well. It’s high time we accommodated other voices.”

The most striking aspect of Rafiki is its eye-popping aesthetic—co-lead Sheila Munyiva sports a cascade of pale pink and baby blue dreadlocks, while bolder shades of fuschia and bubblegum are splashed across the production design. It’s fitting…

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