"Softie" - Award-Winning Film From Kenya Now In Virtual Cinemas
The first Kenyan film to premiere at Sundance is set to be now available via streaming in Virtual Theatrical Cinemas and Video on Demand platform from Friday, 29 January.
The Sundance award winner by Kenyan documentary filmmaker Sam Soko tells the modern-day story of Boniface "Softie" Mwangi, an idealistic photojournalist and sometimes musician who believes that one man can change the system and make a bold statement for democracy in the face of abject corruption. The motion picture won the Special Jury Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
It had its World Premiere. It also won Best Documentary Film at the Durban International Film Festival, and Best Film at the 22nd Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. Softie was also Opening Night Presentation at the acclaimed Hot Docs Film Festival.
The film chronicles Mwangi's seven-year activist and political journey, starting with chaos-filled street protests and culminating in Boniface's decision to run for a political office in his childhood neighbourhood, Starehe constituency, where he is confronted by the reality of challenging strong political dynasties.
The documentary's production started in 2013 after a brief encounter between the film's director and producer and Boniface Mwangi. Soko had initially planned to only film a short video. Still, the piece unfolded into something more; it eventually became a story of politics, family and what it means to be a Kenyan citizen in a quest for change.
The was Soko's first feature documentary. For more on the film, visit softiethefilm.com.