Softie is a love story that audiences across the world will connect with.
Softie is a powerful film that follows the life of Kenyan photographer and political activist Boniface Mwangi, his wife Njeri and their children. The film premiered nationwide last week at Prestige cinema in a star-studded manner. It was a night screening attended by a host of guests including film industry professionals, influencers, production crew and Kenya’s top media personalities, thespians and activists.
At the heart of the film lies the tale of how Boniface, nicknamed “Softie” in his childhood years, has long fought injustices in his country Kenya. He is daring and audacious, and recognized as Kenya’s most provocative photojournalist. But as a father of three young children, these qualities create tremendous turmoil between him and his wife Njeri Mwangi whose loyalty to her family is hard as a rock. It’s a story of perseverance and love, evoking mixed emotions while exploring the themes of family, sacrifice and patriotism. Directed by Sam Soko, the film chronicles a 7 year journey beginning with chaos filled street protests and culminating in Boniface’s decision to run for a political seat in his old neighbourhood, Starehe.
The film premiered at Sundance in January 2020, winning a special jury prize for editing. It has featured at the Hotdocs Film Festival and at the Human Rights Festival held in Berlin, where the film also won The Willy Brandt Documentary Award for Freedom and Human Rights on 10th Oct 2020. The film also bagged the award for Best Feature Documentary at the Lunenburg Doc Fest on 1st Oct 2020.
Softie is now showing at Eldoret (Rupa Cinema), Anga Diamond Plaza, Unseen Nairobi, Prestige Cinemas and Motion Cinemas, Donholm.
For more info, visit the Softie website.