Political activist Boniface Mwangi’s film titled Softie is set to premier in Kenyan theatres this month. The film which was written and directed by seasoned film maker Sam Soko, is based on Boniface’s long fight against socio-political injustices in Kenya and also his experience while vying for the highly contested Starehe MP seat, under his political outfit Ukweli Party.
In a post via his official twitter account, the Boniface Mwangi Unbounded author, spoke of the dilemma of choosing between his family and his country that was brought out in this film.
It is better to live for your country than to die for it, but sometimes it’s worth risking death if that’s the only way to liberate your nation. Catch @softiethefilm in Kenyan theatres from tomorrow, 16th October 2020. What comes first, country or family? #SoftieTheFilm pic.twitter.com/dDG0OvJf68
— #SoftieTheFilm (@bonifacemwangi) October 14, 2020
The founder of PAWA 254 and former photo journalist also highlights the struggles of running a campaign based on idealism in a system where corruption, political dynasties and tribalism were the norm. This film also tells a story of how Boniface’s activism affected his wife and children’s lives. Below is the official trailer.
Softie which has already premiered in select cinemas in the US will be premiering in Kenya at Prestige, Anga Diamond Plaza, Motion, Westgate, Rupa, Mega and Nyali Cinemas from 16th October 2020. The highly acclaimed film already has received accolades such as Special Jury Prize for Editing at the Sundance Film Festival and Opening Night Film at the Hotdocs Film Festival. Softie has also qualified for Oscars Consideration in the 93rd edition under the Documentary Category. It also boasts of positive reviews from prestigious publications such as Mail & Guardian, The Times (UK), The Film Stage and The Scotish Mail among others.
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