Kenyan activist and politician Boniface Mwangi is now eyeing an Oscars award after his film ‘SoftieTheFilm’ was shortlisted under the Best Documentary Feature.
Over the years, Mwangi has been known as a vocal activist and has taken part in several protests and used his social media platform to fight for the rights of Kenyans.
In SoftieTheFilm, Mwangi’s role in fighting for social justice is magnified as the documentary captures his journey of activism, politics as well as his family life.
The documentary first premiered at Sundance in January 2020, winning a special jury prize for editing, and will be in Kenyan theatres from 16th October.
The film which was produced and directed by Sam Soko also shows Mwangi’s undefeated and bold journey in pursuit of justice and the impact of this venture on his family.
The bold Mwangi argues that risks one’s life is worth it if it’s the only way to achieve liberation. According to him, the film is dedicated to every active citizen who refuses to give up on their causes.
“It is better to live for your country than to die for it, but sometimes it’s worth risking death if that’s the only way to liberate your nation.” he wrote in a post hyping the film
So far the film has earned international recognition and awards including the Best Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival 2020 and has been aired on several international festivals.
Speaking during an awarding ceremony in Berlin, Mwangi’s wife Njeri Mwangi who is also part of the documentary and has been supportive of his journey revealed that the story is not just about them but of other activists from different parts of the globe who put their lives on the line for the sake of justice.
” My call is that we may be active citizens that we may support courses that we believe in every way and we stand up for what is right because there is a lot of injustice in this world and some of us are just watching it happen and we shouldn’t because it should not be happening,” she stated
The win of an Oscar will mark a major milestone in Mwangi’s activism journey and will go in the books for being the second Oscars award to be received by a Kenyan after Lupita’s.