Softie the film recently took to their social media platforms to announce that they had been nominated for the 42nd prestigious international award in the category of understanding politics and government by News and Documentary Emmys also dubbed as NewsEmmys.
The News & Documentary Emmy Awards are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) in recognition of excellence in American national news and documentary programming.
This film is centred around Boniface Mwangi a political activist in his country who has long fought injustices in his country. Boniface decides that he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan election. From the moment he decides to run, telling his wife, Njeri, in passing with a hesitant laugh, he responds to each challenge with optimism.
However, running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents becomes increasingly harder to combat with idealism alone. Boniface soon finds that challenging strong political dynasties are putting his family at risk. Should country come before family, as he’s always believed?
Interestingly enough, The production of the film began in 2013 after an encounter between the film’s director and producer Sam Soko and Boniface Mwangi. Soko, who had only directed several short music videos and films at the time, resolved to attempt directing a documentary.
The primary plan was to shoot a short video, that would ideally take a year to film. The story however unfolded into a major story about politics, family and an in-depth feel of what it means to be a Kenyan citizen passionate about change.
The film perfectly captures Boniface’s seven-year journey commencing with chaos-filled street protests that lead up to his decision to run for a political seat in Starehe constituency, his childhood neighbourhood.
The film first premiered internationally at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival where it won a special jury prize for editing. The film then premiered in Kenya on October 16, 2020, and bagged the Best Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival in the same year.
Softie the Film has been screened at international film festivals including the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and at the Encounters Festival South Africa where it equally won Best Film.
During the Hotdocs Film Festival and at the Human Rights Festival held in Berlin, Softie was featured as the opening film.
The film also had a digital release on our platform a while back and we at Vumicentral wish them all the best at the NewsEmmys.
Here’s the full list of the NewsEmmys nominees: https://theemmys.tv/news-42nd-nominations/