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Directed by Sam Soko
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Boniface “Softie” Mwangi uses his teeth to pry the lid off a toddler’s sippy cup while carrying on a phone conversation about an upcoming demonstration. “I think it’s good for us to get arrested,” he says. A few minutes later, Softie, a photo-journalist and anti-corruption activist, heads out the door. “Where are you going?” one of his kids ask. “To topple the government,” he replies.

Softie made his name with a series of harrowing photos of the violence that followed the 2007 Kenyan elections. A decade later, after years of organizing, arrests, and police beatings, he decides to run for office, telling his wife, Njeri, about his decision on camera, with a hesitant laugh.

On the campaign trail in his inner-city district, Softie comes up against corruption and the expectation that candidates will hand out money and favors. One woman calls him a “broke idiot” when he refuses to bribe her for her vote. Meanwhile, he and his family receive death threats, forcing Njeri and the children to seek asylum in the US.

SOFTIE is the portrait of a committed activist, but it’s also about politics, family and what it means to be Kenyan. And it’s a gripping campaign film too. Director Sam Soko followed Softie for five years, as Softie’s activism tests their marriage and his ability to be present for their kids. Is winning worth any price?

Softie the documentary really moved me. If you believe in governments for the people, by the people and of the people, this film is for you!”Lupita Nyong’o (author, actor, and activist)

A marvel of narrative storytelling. —Filmmaker Magazine

The global crisis has, in some ways, made the film’s message even more urgent and relevant, connected to a global, though also intensely local, struggle. —Africa is a Country

Tremendous film. —The Times

A compelling act of defiance; powerful and personal. As intimate as it is brave. —The Film Stage

A riveting run through Kenya's bloody political battlefield. —Variety

“Softie is a landmark. A must-see for anyone interested in contemporary African politics, human rights studies, political science, film studies, law, and democracy.” —African Studies Review

“Highly recommended! [“Softie”] supports collections and curricula in political science, government, African studies, activism, and peace and justice studies.” Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)

Nominee, Emmy Awards 2021
Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2020
Opening Night, HotDocs Documentary Film Festival 2020
Best African Documentary, Encounters Film Festival 2020
Blackstar Film Festival 2020
Salem Film Festival 2020
DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2020
CPH:DOX Documentary Film Festival 2020

96 minutes / Color
English / English subtitles
Closed Captioned
Release: 2020
Copyright: 2020

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