Kenyan film 'Softie' nominated for Peabody awards.

by Helvine Achieng
May 11, 2021

Peabody Awards Board of Jurors based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia has recently announced its 60 nominees representing the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and streaming media" in 2020 and Kenyan film 'Softie' is one of the 60 nominees. 

From more than 1,300 submissions for the prestigious award, only 60 stories were selected, and 'Softie' made the cut. 'Softie' director Sam Soko was ecstatic taking this to Facebook.

 "I am so proud of our fantastic Softie, the film team... Mad love to the crew, incredible supporters, and Boniface and Njeri Mwangi (the subjects of the film). Thank you! Congratulations to the other amazing nominees."

"It is really exciting to be nominated because it means this is an African story that has reached a global audience. A good story has no colour or race. We are honoured to be among other honourable nominees and we hope to win," said Boniface Mwangi.

Soko had this to say regarding the film.

"When we stared it was not meant to be a documentary. We were just filming the process of the protests he was leading in 2013. It was sort of supposed to be a how-to-guide. Like an activism manual. Something short that could go on Youtube and that would be it," he said.

"But as time went on we realized it was very interesting to see what happens behind the scenes when Boni does something. Yes, he is an activist, but he is also a father and a husband and there are demands made of him for those roles. We never actually get to see the consequences. When he and his family get death threats, that this is what it actually means."

The Peabody Board of Jurors announced this year's crop of nominees on May 4, listing 'Softie' alongside 'Athlete A' and 'Disclosure' among 16 others in the documentaries segment. HBO's 'I May Destroy You', Amazon Studios' 'Small Axe', and Showtime's 'The Good Lord Bird' also received recognition from Peabody.

Peabody Awards winners will be announced in June, and the organization plans to honour this year's nominees, as it did last year, via a virtual event. The Peabody Awards honour excellence in storytelling that reflects the social issues and the emerging voices.