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Mishcon de Reya Partners with BFI on BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festive 2019

Posted on 26 February 2019

Mishcon de Reya Partners with BFI on BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festive 2019

Mishcon de Reya's Pride Network is partnering with the British Film Institute (BFI) on BFI Flare, the largest LGBTQ+ Film Festival in the UK.

The partnership includes hosting a special film screening of Kenyan film Rafiki on Wednesday 27 March 2019 as part of the Festival.

Rafiki tells a poignant tale of two star-crossed lovers, street-smart tomboy Kena and rainbow-haired free spirit Ziki, who dream of a life beyond the confines of their conservative Nairobi neighbourhood. It has been banned in its home country for its supposed 'intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya, contrary to the law', and in 2018 became the first Kenyan film to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival.

Mark Reading, managing associate and co-Head of Mishcon's Pride Network alongside legal director Claire Manches, said: "Partnering with the BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival is an exciting milestone for the Mishcon Pride Network, and we are very proud to be involved in showcasing this ground-breaking and timely film. 

"Over 50 years ago, homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK in no small part due to the efforts of our founder Lord Mishcon and the work of the Wolfenden Committee, but it is still illegal in many parts of the world including Kenya. Our partnership with the BFI is about challenging traditions, enforcing accountability in governance, and generally raising awareness and sparking discussion around this important issue."

For more information, please contact Stephen Rowe.

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