Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

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SOFTIE

Kenyan docmaker Sam Soko’s tight, well-made Sundance prizewinner follows the political and personal rough-and-tumble of an idealistic candidate’s electoral campaign.

Guy Lodge, Variety

 

Boniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan election. From the moment Boniface decides to run, telling his wife, Njeri, in passing with a hesitant laugh, he responds to each challenge with optimism. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents becomes increasingly harder to combat with idealism alone. And Boniface soon finds that challenging strong political dynasties is putting his family at risk. Should country really come before family, as he’s always believed?

Production notes

Title: SOFTIE
Language: English, Swahili, Kikuyu
Subtitles: English (partly)
Director: Sam Soko
Production Country: Kenya
Year: 2020
Length (min): 97
Age limit: K16
Cinematographer: Joel "Ingo" Ngui, Sam Soko, Chris Rhys Howarth
Screenplay: Sam Soko
Editing: Mila Aung-Thwin, Sam Soko, Ryan Mullins
Music: Olivier Alary​, Johannes Malfatti
Producer: Toni Kamau, Sam Soko
Production Company: LBx Africa, We Are Not The Machine, EyeSteelFilm