SAT 21 NOV 21:30
Kenya 2020 | Original version with subtitles | 96 min
Q & A Sam Soko
At the center of Sam Soko’s first documentary film is the political activist Boniface “Softie” Mwangi. After a long struggle as a political activist and photographer against the injustices in his native Kenya, he decides to run for parliament in 2017 in a regional election in his old Starehe district in Nairobi. Shot over a period of five years under adverse conditions in a political climate marked by street protests against corruption, police brutality and extrajudicial killings, the film accompanies Softie in his attempts to lead a clean campaign against his corrupt opponents. A story about politics, family and what it means to be Kenyan.
SOFTIE celebrated its premiere at the Sundance Festival 2020 where it was awarded with a World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award.
Sam Soko made a name for himself primarily as a screenwriter and director of music videos before turning to documentary film. Soko is co-founder of Lightbox Africa, a film production company based in Nairobi. As a filmmaker he works mainly with political activists in Sudan and Zimbabwe as well as international artists such as Aloe Blacc. SOFTIE is his feature film debut.