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Sam Soko, 96 min, Kenya, 2020

Canceled: Softie

Tonight's screening is canceled.

Sam Soko, 96 min, Kenya.

Winner of the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing at '20 Sundance Film Festival.


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?


Softie is director and producer Sam Soko’s first feature documentary, filmed over the course of five years. After meeting Boniface Mwangi, nicknamed ‘Softie” by his close friends and family in 2013, Soko, who by then had directed several short music videos and films, decided to try his hand at directing a documentary. What started out as a short video, planned to take a year of filming, evolved into a story about politics, family and what it means to be Kenyan. 

Four years into Soko filming chaos filled street protests against corruption, police brutality and extra judicial killings, Softie decided to run for a political seat in his old neighbourhood Starehe. Soko knew he had a possible ending for a film and pushed to do one more year of filming as his political campaign would give a much needed insight into the political and voting process in Kenya. But the material he filmed went far beyond that and gave insight into a young family, in a young democracy, that was struggling to balance their love for their country with the needs of their family, a universal story that Soko felt that audiences across the world could be able to connect to a visceral level.


STED: Caféteateret på Grønland, Hollendergata 8
Ta 37-bussen til Politihuset.

PS! Caféteateret selger blant annet pizza som man kan nyte før, under og etter filmen!

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