by Muthoni Kimani
December 9, 2020
Oscar award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o says activist Boniface Mwangi's 'Softie' captures her personal life.
Lupita, after watching the film, tweeted 'Softie is an incredible story' that she related to being the child of a Kenyan political activist. It highlights the struggles activists go through as they seek liberation.
She added that the film touched and talked to her, having gone through almost the same things depicted in the film.
"As the child of a political activist who witnessed their father being harassed and injured, who wondered when and if he would come home at night, the documentary SoftieTheFilm moved me."
It is the incredible story about the activist Boniface Mwangi and his journey to uncover the truth behind Kenya's disheartening politics and corrupt system. If you believe in governments for the people, by the people & of the people, this film is for you!"
Lupita's father, Prof Nyong'o, was in the 1980s forced to seek political asylum in Mexico after his teachings at the University of Nairobi were deemed too radical by the President Daniel Arap Moi regime.
The 96-minute film chronicles a seven-year journey by Mwangi beginning with chaos-filled street protests and culminating his decision to run for a parliamentary seat in his old neighbourhood Starehe.