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Nairobi, Kenya. 14 year-old Abila lives with his parents in Kibera, one of the largest slums in East Africa. One morning the teenager discovers his father ill and delirious. Someone has stolen his soul, mumbles the father as he sits huddled in a corner. 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 him, he learns that his father has gambled his soul away in the company of a spiritual woman. The teenager doesn’t 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 home town.

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010: Dioraphte Audience Award

Zanzibar Film Festival 2010: Signis Award

Afrika Filmfestival 2010: Veto Award

Festival Cine Junior: Young Jury Prize

Kalasha International Awards 2010: Best Lead Actor

Kenya International Film Festival 2010: Best East African Film

Berlin International Film Festival 2010

Toronto IFF for Children 2010

Subjects: African Cinema, African Studies, World Cinema

 

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Credits

ORIGINAL TITLE: Soul Boy
YEAR: 2010
GENRE: Feature Film – Drama
DURATION: 60 min.
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Swahili, Kikuyu, English
COUNTRY: Kenya, Germany
DIRECTOR: Hawa Essuman
WRITER: Hawa Essuman
CAST: Oris Erhuero, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Ama K. Abebrese
PRODUCTION: One Fine Day Films, Ginger Ink. Films Kenya