Softie

Sam Soko

Kenya 2020, 96 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: English, Swahili

Subtitles: English

Sick and tired of the corruption and tribal hatred in Kenyan politics, news photographer Boniface Mwangi decides to run for a seat in parliament. His wife Njeri is skeptical, especially when the family has to start fearing for its safety. Intimate portrait of a political dreamer on the campaign trail.

Boniface Mwangi made his name as a fearless news photographer in 2007, when he captured – in graphic detail – the tribal violence that followed the presidential elections that year. Disgusted that the same politicians who incited the violence kept their positions of power, Mwangi more and more becomes politically active.

‘I can’t stand politicians,’ Mwangi says. Of course, that makes it interesting to see him trying to become one. Softie follows him during his unconventional political campaign for a parliamentary seat. With many fascinating scenes from the campaign trail, from people wanting money in exchange for their vote, to scary death threats. Also starring the good-natured campaign manager Khadija, who desperately – and with great comic effect – tries to get Mwangi to focus. When his wife Njeri and their children find asylum in the United States, Mwangi’s political struggle is joined by another one: that for the survival of his marriage.

Softie has been selected for the Activist competition and is shown as a preview at the Movies that Matter Festival 2020, where Boniface Mwangi will be present as a special guest.

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Official website: http://www.softiethefilm.com

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Talkshows & debates

Softie: Q&A with activists Boniface & Njeri Mwangi, director Sam Soko and producer Toni Kamau

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 18:30

Artistic director of the iAfrica Film Festival Angélique Mbundu talks with activists Boniface & Njeri Mwangi and director Sam Soko about the political situation in Kenya.

Softie: Q&A with activists Boniface & Njeri Mwangi, director Sam Soko and producer Toni Kamau

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 16:00

Q&A with activists Boniface & Njeri Mwangi, director Sam Soko and producer Toni Kamau led by journalist Bahram Sadeghi about the search for democracy in Kenya.

Softie: Q&A with activists Boniface & Njeri Mwangi, director Sam Soko and producer Toni Kamau

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 16:00

Q&A with activists Boniface & Njeri Mwangi, director Sam Soko and producer Toni Kamau led by journalist Bahram Sadeghi about the search for democracy in Kenya.

Softie: Q&A with activists Boniface & Njeri Mwangi, director Sam Soko and producer Toni Kamau

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 19:00

Karishma Shelar of the Institute for Social Studies talks with activists Boniface & Njeri Mwangi about the impact of their activism for politics in Kenya.

Softie: Q&A with activists Boniface & Njeri Mwangi, director Sam Soko and producer Toni Kamau

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 20:45

Social entrepreneur Ama van Dantzig speaks with activists Boniface & Njeri Mwangi about the motivations and challenges of their activism.