Social Work Social : Rafiki (Movie Screening & Discussion) Faculty Unit: Queer History Month McGill and OSVRSE
Rafiki (transl."Friend") is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Rafiki is the story of romance that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures around LGBT rights in Kenya.
After the screening, hear from Meryem Benslimane, McGill’s Equity Education Advisor and other community members on how the film’s synopsis can reflect the lived realities of our McGill students. Discussions and talking points will focus on the process of coming out, identity, what denial, rejection and unacceptance can look and feel like for Black and LGBQTQI2+ students. We will also explore what happens when established beliefs about gender/hetero roles are challenged and how we can create safer more inclusive spaces for everyone at McGill - pointing to support resources in our community. Finally, we hope to touch upon the topic of sexual communication to challenge stigmas and taboos when addressing non-normative sexual relationships. Snacks will be provided!