FILMFORUM IM MUSEUM LUDWIG
Nairobi, Kenya: Activists and protestors round up stray pigs and label them with the names of corrupt politicians. The animals symbolise the country’s ruling class, which manages to hold on to power despite years of bloodshed and bureaucratic misconduct. The police intervene and chaos ensues. Boniface Mwangi, the leader of the group, is one of the first to be arrested. His wife Njeri follows him on his uncertain journey to prison.
In SOFTIE, director Sam Soko doesn’t just document the current political situation in Kenya and the unusual and imaginative election campaign led by oppositionist Boniface Mwangi, but also highlights his courageous struggle for justice and social change with historical footage.
SOFTIE Direction: Sam Soko, DCP, OF m. dt. UT, 97 min.
Rahab Njeri is a historian and community activist. She studied at the University of Cologne and did her PhD at the University of Trier. Her research fields and academic interest are Postcolonial and Gender Studies, Intersectionality, Black Feminism, Africana Womanist, Critical Whiteness Studies, Black Diaspora, Migration Studies, African History and Black Canadian Studies. She is a mother of two children. She also gives workshops on Critical whiteness, Anti- racism, postcolonial, and intersectional diversity.
Njeri is also politically engaged and interested in questions around Environmental racism and social justice. She’s an advisor to the International African School in the Netherlands and other organizations. Njeri is a board member of the health committee of Stadt Köln and the founder of KEMET AWARDS FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN AFRICAN LANGUAGES (KAAAL).