LOOK BOTH WAYS – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Look Both Ways is the tamest version of a “what if?” story you’ll see this year. Granted, not every film about other lives lived can match the off-the-wall creativity of Everything Everywhere All at Once—but some greater dramatic stakes could have made this more than an OK watch. The plot follows the lead character, Natalie, in two timelines — in one, she’s pregnant and decides to co-parents, putting her career dreams on hold. In the other, she’s not pregnant, so she and her friend drive to Los Angeles to pursue their careers.

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RAFIKI – Review by Leslie Combemale

The word rafiki means “friend” in Swahili. Kenyan same-sex couples often have to refer to or introduce their partners as rafiki in public, and to many of their friends and family. One of the best qualities of this film is that the lead characters, while clearly drawn to each other, genuinely want to get to know each other, and to build their love on a foundation of friendship.

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Wanuri Kahiu’s RAFIKI Takes Cannes Despite Nairobi Ban – Nadia Neophytou reports

When the credits rolled and the lights came up at the end of her film’s premiere in the Palais des Festival, director Wanuri Kahiu stood next to her lead actresses Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, all dressed in off-white outfits, taking in the acclaim of a standing ovation. Someone in the audience shouted, ‘Thank you!’ and Kahiu put her hand over her heart.

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