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Boniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan election. From the moment Boniface decides to run, telling his wife, Njeri, in passing with a hesitant laugh, he responds to each challenge with optimism. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents becomes increasingly harder to combat with idealism alone. And Boniface soon finds that challenging strong political dynasties is putting his family at risk. Should country really come before family, as he’s always believed?

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, 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 (UK)

"A compelling act of defiance... a powerful and personal election biopic. As intimate as it is brave." —The Film Stage

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


Main credits

Soko, Sam (film director)
Soko, Sam (film producer)
Soko, Sam (director of photography)
Soko, Sam (editor of moving image work)
Kamau, Toni (film producer)
Mwangi, Boniface (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Cinematography by Joel "Ingo" Ngui, Sam Soko, Chris Rhys Howarth; edited by Mila Aung-Thwin, Sam Soko, Ryan Mullins; music by Olivier Alary, Johannes Malfatti.


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