by Muthoni Kimani
September 3, 2020
A Kenyan movie 'mini-documentary' based on the life of Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi' Softie' won the Best African Documentary Film Award.
The film documents his story in 2017 as he attempted to run for the Starehe Constituency legislative office, under the Ukweli Party ticket. His wife Njeri Mwangi received rave reviews, and she was able to capture the turbulent life behind one of Kenya's most outspoken activists.
In one of the scenes Boniface and his wife Njeri Mwangi are talking about personal priorities;
"I have given my eldest, my youngest, and my middle one, my life. So maybe now you give your children your life. Then, after that, you can give the country what is left. Instead of giving your children what is left."
Mwangi revealed that the movie is set to hit Kenyan screens around October 2020, as long as the scheduled reopening of theaters is maintained. Mwangi's run for office under his Ukweli Party in 2017, was unsuccessful as he lost to musician-turned-politician Charles 'Jaguar' Kanyi.
The 96 minutes film was directed by Sam Soko and produced by Soko and Toni Kamau.
Sam Soko said;
"It's been a 7-year journey, and we can't wait to share this film with more people in Africa. We are proud to be part of the group of African filmmakers who are pushing to give a voice to our stories.
This is the second major win for the real-life film after it won during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival which took place from January 23 to February 2, 2020.
Softie bagged the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing at the Sundance Film Festival, making it eligible for Oscars consideration.