Soul Boy


Cold winds did not deter members from venturing out to enjoy this heart-warming film from Kenya. As Joie explained in her introduction, the film was of interest on three levels: first for its charming story, second for its direction (with deft handling of novice actors and location work in a crowded Nairobi slum), and third for the circumstances of its production: in 2008 a German film company teamed up with Kenyan professionals to provide a training experience for young locals. There’s no training like doing the real thing and the film they made went on to win awards at festivals around the world. Further thoughts about the movie, or info about the subsequent doings of those involved in it, can be voiced here.


2 Responses to Soul Boy

  1. Gwyneth Evans August 7, 2015 at 10:48 pm #

    This may interest those who watched the film on Wednesday night. The slum, Kibera is divided into 13 villages, one of them being called Soweto East. Some of us were curious that the one man was from Soweto.The word Soweto is an English syllabic abbreviation for South Western Townships, so I imagine that there could be a few divisions in Africa called that, besides the well known one in Johannesburg.
    The main actor in this film, Samson Odhiambo has gone on to star in something else in 2015 that is directed by Tom Twyker, the producer of this film. It is called Sense 8.

  2. Jill Dent August 18, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    Thanks for that extra information, Gwyneth. We all seemed to love Soul Boy for its simplicity, honesty, and brilliant story-telling techniques. It sparked a great discussion.

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