Soul Boy

Soul Boy
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Soul Boy
Kenya, 2010, 60 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany
Topics: African Interest, Coming of Age, Drama, Woman Director
Program: Cinema Safari
Language: Swahili English Sub-Titles

Several wise females help a young teen from Nairobi's Kibera slum learn what it takes to become a modern African man in "Soul Boy." Growing out of a workshop led by German director Tom Tykwer, Ghanaian-Kenyan director Hawa Essuman's gentle coming-of-age story encompasses the diverse worlds of the Kenyan capital, combining traditional beliefs and contemporary problems into a narrative that's part fairy tale, part teaching tool.

Fourteen-year-old Abila awakes one Saturday to find his feckless father feeling so ill that he's unable to open their tiny grocery shop. When Dad declares his soul has been stolen, Abi decides to take matters into his own hands. With the help of his resourceful girlfriend Shiku, Abi confronts the mysterious Nyawawa, a female spirit said to steal men's souls. Admiring Abi's bravery, the Nyawawa poses seven challenges for him to complete within 24 hours to restore his father's health. Raising the narrative beyond mere moral didacticism, the screenplay by Kenyan writer Billy Kahora naturally incorporates a slew of current issues, ranging from the tensions between the country's Luo and Kikuyu tribes to campaigns for teen celibacy and HIV education.

DIRECTOR: Hawa Essuman
Producer: Marie Steinmann, Tom Tykwer
Editor: Ng’ehte Gitungo
Screenwriter: Billy Kahora
Cinematographer: Christian Almesberger
Music: Xaver von Treyer
Principal Cast: Samson Odhiambo, Leila Dayan Opou, Krysteen Savane, Frank Kimani
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: The Festival Agency -

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