Boniface Mwangi is one of the most outspoken public figures in Kenya, but there is more to the god-like man.
The highly awarded photojournalist is known for his words that sting, and actions that leave many especially the political elite dumbfounded. The documentary film ‘Softie’ that condensed 7 years of his life into just 1 hour and 36 minutes is thrilling, emotional and reveals a side to the public persona many hardly knew existed.
Here are 3 reasons why you should watch ‘Softie’:
1.The documentary film challenges the political rhetoric in Kenya.
The tribal lines that often divide the nation have also been highly instrumental in curving up voting blocks come election period. With leaders elected to high office every 5 years, the formula has hardly changed since the nation first gained independence on December 12th 1963. The film delves into the basis of political debate, the role of true leadership in society and explores just how Boniface vied for political office in Starehe Constituency without the common placed ‘toa kitu kidogo’ principles. And although he lost the election, the film offers opportunity for introspection, and a new understanding on how politics can be done.
2. A closer look at the man Boniface Mwangi.
Boniface Mwangi has a reputation that precedes him. A husband, father, well accomplished photojournalist and a fearless social activist; he is known to be relentless in striving for a better Kenya. His persistence is well depicted in the film, and more importantly director Sam Soko offers the audience a chance to peek through the curtains of his family life; an aspect of Mwangi the public hardly ever sees. His wife Njeri emerges a heroine in the film; as the story puts a spotlight a strong, brave woman who holds her family together in the face of grave danger and ever-looming scrutiny.
3. It is a Kenyan story, told by Kenyans for Kenyans.
The cinematography is top notch. With more than 700 hours of footage, 7 years of filming the dynamic duo of director Sam Soko and producer Tony Kamau provided audiences with a riveting story, that should be recommended viewing for people of all ages. The documentary that leaves audiences challenged, sparking conversation on the Kenyan political system also places a young family in the messy, unstructured and often times maddening politics in Kenya. The film is currently categorized has viewing for ages 18 and above, after the Kenya Film and Classification Board ruled some of its content as unsuitable for those under 18.
The film’s subject matter is very timely considering the nation is gearing up for another general election in 2022, and should be viewed by all. This is especially poignant as the campaign trail continues to heat up, it is clear that there are several lessons we could apply from the film.
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