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SOFTIE

Sam Soko
KE 2020    52' 96'
⚬ Current Affairs & Politics ⚬ Human Rights 

Synopsis

Boniface “Softie” Mwangi 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. When he wants to run for political office, he is forced to choose: country or family?

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Director

Sam Soko

Producers

Toni Kamau, Sam Soko

Executive Producers

Bob Moore, Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross, Sandra Whipham, Marjon Javadi, Jess Search, Justine Nagan, Chris White, Bramwel Iro, Mandy Chang 

Production Company

LBx Africa Film

Co-Production Company

We Are Not The Machine, EyeSteelFilm

Cinematography

Joel ’Ingo’ Ngui, Sam Soko, Chris Rhys Howarth  

Editor

Mila Aung-Thwin, Sam Soko, Ryan Mullins

Music

Olivier Alary, Johannes Malfatti

Sound

Cory Rizos

Awards

Special Jury Award for Best Editing

Sundance 2020

Best Documentary

Durban International Film Festival 2020

Best Documentary

Human Rights Film Festival Berlin 2020

Silver Star for Documentary Film

El Gouna 2020

Festivals

Sundance 2020

Hot Docs 2020

Full Frame 2020

Thin Line 2020

Movies that Matter 2020

CPH:DOX 2020

Al Jazeera Balkans Doc FF 2021

Film Details

Runtimes 52' 96'
Spoken Languages English, Kiswahili/Kikuyu 
Production Countries Kenya

Biography

Sam Soko is a film director and producer based in Nairobi who seeks out stories that enable him to engage in socio-political spaces. His work on civic literacy projects in music, non-fiction and fiction has allowed him to connect with artists around the world. He is co-founder of LBx Africa, a Kenyan production company that service produced the 2018 Oscar nominated short fiction film WATU WOTE. Soko's first feature documentary film, SOFTIE, premiered at the Sundance Festival in 2020.

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