Internationally acclaimed film Softie features Boniface Mwangi, a Kenyan who has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. The film covers the activist’s seven-year journey beginning with chaotic street protests, which later lead to his decision to run for office in his childhood neighbourhood, Starehe Constituency.
From the moment Boniface decides to run, he responds to each challenge with optimism. However, as he soon discovers, running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents becomes increasingly harder to face his ideology only. He soon finds that challenging strong political dynasties is a security threat for him and his family.
The film was directed and written by Sam Soko and produced by Toni Kamau and Sam Soko. It first premiered internationally at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival where it won a special prize for editing. The film also won the Best Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) 2020. You can watch Softie online here softiethefilm.com/watch.
In its latest feat, the film has made it to the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards, which honors the best film and television producers.
The nominees for the Documentary category are selected by the Documentary Nomination Jury, made up of at least fifty documentary producers who select between three and seven non-fiction motion-picture nominees.
Below is a list of all the PGA Documentary Motion Pictures nominees of 2021
- David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (Netflix)
- Dick Johnson Is Dead (Netflix)
- My Octopus Teacher (Netflix)
- Softie (Roco Films)
- A Thousand Cuts (PBS)
- Time (Amazon Studios)
- The Truffle Hunters (Sony Pictures Classics)