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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?


Winner of the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. An official selection of CHP:DOX, Full Frame Film Festival, and the Opening Night Film at the 2020 Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival. Recently the film won Best African Documentary at Encounters South African International Documentary Festival.


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  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    96 minutes
  • Country
    Kenya
  • Director
    Sam Soko
  • Screenwriter
    Sam Soko
  • Producer
    Toni Kamau, Sam Soko
  • Executive Producer
    Bob Moore, Mila Aung-Thwin, Sandra Whipham, Marjon Javadi, Justine Nagan, Chris White, Mandy Chang, Jess Search, Daniel Cross, Bramwel Iro
  • Cast
    Boniface “Softie” Mwangi, Njeri Mwangi
  • Cinematographer
    Joel "Ingo" Ngui, Sam Soko, Chris Rhys Howarth
  • Editor
    Mila Aung-Thwin, Sam Soko, Ryan Mullins