Softie

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?

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Directed by Sam Soko, Produced by Sam Soko and Toni Kamau

Winner:

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing
El Gouna Silver Star for Documentary Film
Best Documentary (Durban International Film Festival 2020)

Nominee:

Bergen International Film Festival Checkpoints Award; Best Feature (IDA Documentary Awards); El Gouna Golden Star for Documentary Film; Best International Documentary Feature (Guanajuato International Film Festival); World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary

Festivals:

Sundance Film Festival; Full Frame Film Festival; Hot Docs Film Festival; Durban International Film Festival; South African International Documentary Festival; BlackStar Film Festival; Human Rights Film Festival Berlin; Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston; Salem Film Fest; Dharamshala International Film Festival; Guanajuato International Film Festival; El Gouna Film Festival; Bergen International Film Festival