Boniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s running for office in a regional Kenyan election. Softie follows Boniface from the moment Boniface decides to run, telling his wife, Njeri, in passing with a hesitant laugh, he responds to each challenge with optimism. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents becomes increasingly harder to combat with idealism alone. And Boniface soon finds that challenging strong political dynasties is putting his family at risk. Should country really come before family, as he’s always believed?
There is a sizzle from the very first second. The fire is lit right at the beginning. And it will draw us into the film and take us along with its emotional force. First Ghana, later Germany and back again. At the beginning the fire is burning: we are in an eerie and yet very real place in Africa. A place that has been the subject of several reports: Agbogbloshie, or Sodom and Gomorrah, is part of Accra, the capital of Ghana. It is this very real non-place, a sometimes apocalyptic place where people burn the raw materials out of the electronic waste of the global north.