NewFest 2018 #rafiki #mapplethorpe

Metro New York City peeps – NewFest tickets went on sale yesterday. This year NewFest celebrates their 30th Annual New York LGBT Film Festival on October 24-30, 2018. Finally this year I got my act together, asked for time off, and bought tickets this morning. I managed to snag two for opening weekend:

Rafiki (International Centerpiece)
Friday October 26 @ 6:30 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
New York Premiere
Dir. Wanuri Kahiu, Kenya, 2018, 83 mins
Fresh from its triumphant Cannes premiere, RAFIKI is a must-see film that delivers a beautifully acted, nuanced portrayal of being queer in Nairobi. This vibrant romance follows the burgeoning relationship between Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), the playful Beyonce-wannabe who lives in the city’s affluent Skyview Towers, and Kena (Samantha Mugatsia), the shy, responsible tomboy who hangs out on the overcrowded Slopes estate with the local Boda Boda (motorcycle taxi) boys. The film’s delicious pink-hued color palette is part of the African film aesthetic known as the afrobubblegum movement, and sets the joyous tone for this rare look at first love between two women in Kenya. Banned in its home country of Kenya for its positive depiction of two young women in love, RAFIKI is a global call to action that proves a work of art does not have to be explicit in order to stir resist in the face of oppression.

Mapplethorpe (New York Centerpiece)
Saturday October 27 @ 8:30 pm
SVA Theatre – 1, 333 W 23rd St.
Dir. Ondi Timoner, USA, 2018, 102 mins
Emmy-nominee Matt Smith (DOCTOR WHO, THE CROWN) plays renegade queer artist and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Set in the gay leather communities and highbrow galleries of New York City in the 70s and 80s, Ondi Timoner’s biopic is an unflinching look at the life and career of the icon made famous for his striking black-and-white images of phalluses and flowers. This film takes a chronological look at the influences and practices that captured male homo-erotic desire so poignantly in the face of the devastating toll of the AIDS crisis.

I really want to see the Montgomery Clift documentary made by his nephew, but it’s closing night on a Tuesday which conflicts with work. I’m excited to see these two.

Check out the full line-up at NewFest. Hope to see you there.



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