Youth to enjoy last African film for the year
Entrance is N$5 for the youth and N$15 for adults.
The film is directed by Hawa Essuman and it is about a 14-year old boy Abila who lives with his parents in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Kenya. One morning the teenager discovers his father is ill and delirious. His father mumbles to him and says “Someone has stolen my soul”. Abila is shocked and confused but wants to help his father and goes in search of a suitable cure. Supported by his friend Shiku, who is the same age as he, Abila learns that his father has gambled his soul away in the company of a spiritual woman. The teenager does not want to believe it and sets about looking for the witch.
When he finally discovers her in the darkest corner of the ghetto, she gives him seven challenging tasks to save his father’s lost soul. Abila embarks on an adventurous journey which leads him right through the microcosm of his hometown.
Soul Boy has won Best Feature Film at the first Luxon African Film Festival, Egypt 2012, the Signis Award at the Zanzibar International Film Festival in 2010, the Audience Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2010 and the Best Feature Film Award at the Rwanda Film Festival in 2010.
The press has said that Soul Boy is a fairy tale in the slums of Kenya, a compact almost hour-long children’s film without any misery or romance but with a lot of jive.