On the occasion of LGBT Pride Month - when events around the world are organized to commemorate the Stonewall riots, a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community against a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, and are widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States - we have the pleasure to announce the upcoming

Film Screening of "Rafiki"

27 June 2019

20:00 o'clock (82 mins)

Millennium Movie Theater

Tickets are free of charge

Skopje Film Festival and Youth Artivists for Change in cooperation with the Association for Cultural and Media Activism QUEER SQUARE from Skopje are hosting a screening of the critically acclaimed feature film "Rafiki", which puts a spotlight on the issues and challenges faced by gay people in a conservative and religious society where same-sex love is prohibited, and homosexuality is a crime punishable by law by 5 to 14 years' imprisonment.

How to get tickets?

NOTE: Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

You can pick up your free tickets at the box office of the Millennium Movie Theater, starting from June 20 2019. The seating capacity of the cinema auditorium is 510 seats. Given that it is a one-time film screening, please make sure you claim your tickets on time.

In order for as many people as possible to get a chance to see the movie, obtain only a number of tickets you actually need.

Millennium Movie Theater is located on the first floor of the Skopje City Trade Center. The working hours of the box office are every working day from 14:00 to 22:00 and weekends from 10:30 to 22:30. Contact Phone: +389 2 3120 389.

About the movie

Banned in Kenya, embraced by the world

Rafiki (transl. "Friend") is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Rafiki is the story of friendship and tender love that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures around LGBT rights in Kenya. The film had its international premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival; it was the first Kenyan film to be screened at the festival.

"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives", but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. Inspried by Monica Arac de Nyeko's "Jambula Tree", which chronicles a story of two girls in love in Uganda, "Rafiki" challenges deep rooted cynicism about same sex relationships among actors, crew, friends, and family in Kenya.

Did you know?

LGBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood", says Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article 5 of the new Law on Prevention of and Protection against Discrimination, defining the discriminatory grounds, clearly states that "any discrimination on the ground of race, color, origin, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, belonging to a marginalized group, language, citizenship, social background, education, religion or religious belief, political belief, other types of beliefs, disability, age, family or marital status, property status, health condition, personal status and social status or any other ground is forbidden". Individuals and legal entities which will be found in breach of this law will be subjected to fines of up to 5000 euros.

Hate speech and hate crimes motivated by the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of a person shall be considered a criminal offense under the Criminal Code and, accordingly, shall be punished with imprisonment.

This event is being organized within the framework of the project "Youth Artivists for Change", financially supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in North Macedonia.