Kenyan Activist Boniface Mwangi’s Film ‘Softie’ has been nominated Best Documentary Feature in the 2021 Oscars.
Under this category, the film which was directed by Sam Soko, has been shortlisted among over 40 other documentaries.
‘Softie’ is a documentary that captures the life of Boniface Mwangi’s journey as an activist, protests in the streets, his interest in joining the political race as well as his family.
As reported by nation Africa, the film is set to premiere nationwide in Kenya as from Friday 16th October.
Part of the events captured in the documentary is Mwangi’s 2017 campaign when he vied for the Starehe parliamentary seat and the support he received from his wife. It also brings to light how activism put his family at risk.
In regard to the film making process, the producer and director Sam Soko intended to create a short film but things took a different turn when they decided to fully capture the events and highlight the entire journey from campaigns to the outcome.
The documentary first premiered at Sundance in January 2020, winning a special jury prize for editing. Beyond the overwhelming reviews, the film also won the Best Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival 2020.
Softie which earned international recognition was showcased in several prestigious festivals including the opening night film at the Hotdocs Film Festival and at the Human Rights Festival held in Berlin, Germany and has since bagged multiple awards.
If it emerges winner in the 93rd Oscars under the selected category, Mwangi and his team will become the second to ever receive an Oscars Award in Kenya after Lupita Nyongo.
Watch the trailer below: