Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2020
Country: KENYA
Language: English, Kiswahili, Kikuyu
Run Time: 96 minutes


Meet Boniface “Softie” Mwangi, one of Kenya’s most vital photojournalists. He has boldly spent years documenting and exposing injustice and systemic corruption as a leading political activist. SOFTIE begins with a breakdown of the history of the colonialist British occupation in Kenya, which broke up the nation into distinct tribes, often pitting them against one another. Today, nearly 60 years after their independence, these roots of warring tribalism run rampant throughout the country, frequently resulting in violent oppression and overwhelming national corruption. Softie decides to take matters into his own hands and declares his run for a seat in the parliament. This unwavering and urgent documentary follows Softie, fueled by idealism, as he attempts to run a clean campaign and finally spark the possibility of positive change that has long eluded this country. When his wife and young children become the target of serious death threats attempting to derail his candidacy, he must decide what ultimately matters to him the most. SOFTIE is a raw, harrowing look at modern-day Kenya that demands undivided attention. (In English, Kiswahili, and Kikuyu with subtitles) — R.J.T.

CIFF44 Screenings

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 9:20 AM

Friday, April 03, 2020 at 11:45 AM

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 7:10 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

African Diaspora
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