Soul Boy

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Not to be confused with Soulboy (film). ‹See Tfd›
Soul Boy
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Directed by Hawa Essuman
Produced by Marie Steinmann
Tom Tykwer
Siobhain "Ginger" Wilson
Guy Wilson
Verena Rahmig
Sarika Hemi Lakhani
Written by Billy Kahora
Starring Samson Odhiambo
Leila Dayan Opou
Krysteen Savane
Frank Kimani
Joab Ogolla
Lucy Gachanja
Katherine Damaris
Kevin Onyango Omondi
Calvin Shikuku Odhiambo
Nordeen Abdulghani
Music by Xaver von Treyer
Cinematography Christian Almesberger
Edited by Ng´ethe Gitungo
Release date(s)
  • January 2010 (2010-01) (Göteborg)
  • March 4, 2010 (2010-03-04) (Kenya)
  • December 2, 2010 (2010-12-02) (Germany)
Running time 61 minutes
Country Kenya
Language Swahili

Soul Boy is a 2010 Kenyan drama film, written by Billy Kahora and directed by Hawa Essuman. It developed under the mentorship of German director and producer Tom Tykwer in Kibera, one of the largest slums in the African continent, in the middle of Nairobi, Kenya. The film has received five nominations at the 2011 African Movie Academy Awards.[1]

The film originated in a workshop for young film enthusiasts from Nairobi, guided by German director Tom Tykwer.

Plot[edit]

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. Abila is shocked and confused but wants to help his father and goes in search of the right remedy. Supported by his girlfriend Shiku, he embarks on an adventurous journey that leads him right to the heart of the microcosm that is his hometown.

Cast[edit]

  • Samson Odhiambo
  • Leila Dayan Opou
  • Krysteen Savane
  • Frank Kimani
  • Joab Ogolla
  • Lucy Gachanja
  • Katherine Damaris
  • Kevin Onyango Omondi
  • Calvin Shikuku Odhiambo
  • Nordeen Abdulghani

Awards[edit]

  • Dioraphte Audience Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam [2]
  • Veto Award, Afrika-Filmfestival, Leuven, Belgium
  • Signis Award, Zanzibar International Film Festival, Zanzibar, Tanzania [3]
  • Polish Filmmakers Association Award, Ale Kino!, Poznan, Poland
  • Best Short Film, Kalasha Awards, Nairobi, Kenya [4]
  • Best Lead Actor: Samson Odhiambo, Kalasha Awards, Nairobi, Kenya [5]
  • Best Scriptwriter: Billy Kahora, Kalasha Awards, Nairobi, Kenya [6]
  • Best Actor : Samson Odhiambo, Kenya International Film Festival, Nairobi, Kenya [7]
  • Best East African Film, Kenya International Film Festival, Nairobi, Kenya [8]
  • Special Mention “Passeurs d’images” prize, FESTIVAL CINÉ JUNIOR (International Film Festival for Young people), Paris, France
  • The Young Jury Prize, FESTIVAL CINÉ JUNIOR (International Film Festival for Young people), Paris, France
  • Spiritual Film Festival Award, Paris
  • Best Children Film Award at the Film Festival Recklinghausen (Germany) 2011 [9]
  • Best Editor: Ephantus Ng'ethe Gitungo, African Movie Academy Awards [10]

Festivals[edit]

Germany[edit]

2010: Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) [11]

International[edit]

2010: Gothenburg Film Festival [12]
2010: International Film Festival Rotterdam [13]
2010: Afrika-Filmfestival [14]
2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival [15]
2010 Durban International Film Festival [16]
2010 Sydney Film Festival[17]
2010 Cinemafrica Stockholm[18]
2010 Nairobi, Kenya Premiere
2010 African Film Festival Tarifa[19]
2010 Sydney Film Festival[20]
2010 Khouribga Maroc[21]
2010 Seoul Intl Youth Film Festival[22]
2010 Montreal World Film Festival[23]
2010 Cinemas D'Afrique[24]
2010 Cambridge Film Festival[25]
2010 Montreal Intl Black Film Festival[26]
2010 Films From the South OSLO[27]
2010 Hamptons Intl Film Festival[28]
2010 Warsaw Film Festival[29]
2010 Carlow African Film Festival[30]
2010 Discovery Film Festival[31]
2010 Chicago Intl Children's Film Festival[32]
2010 Carthage Film Festival[33]
2010 African Diaspora Film Festival NY[34]
2010 Palm Springs Film Festival[35]
2010 San Diego Black Film Festival[36]
2010 Adelaide Film Festival[37]
2010 FESPACO, Burkina Faso[38]
2010 Birds Eye View FF[39]
2010 FEBIOFEST[40]
2010 Toronto IFF for children[41]
2010 ReelWorld Film Festival[42]
2010 Ecrans Noirs - Cameroun[43]
2010 Rwanda Film Festival[44]
2010 Zanzibar Film Festival, Tanzania [45]
2010 Zimbabwe International Film Festival
2010 Kenya International Film Festival[46]
2010 Amakula Kampala International FilmFestival Uganda [47]
2010 Ethiopia Film Festival [48]
2010 Festival du film de Dakar, Senegal
2010 Quintessence, Benin[49]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AMAA Nominations 2011". African Movie Academy Award. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Dioraphte Audience Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam
  3. ^ Signis Award, Zanzibar International Film Festival
  4. ^ Best Short Film, Kalasha Awards
  5. ^ Best Lead Actor, Kalasha Awards
  6. ^ Best Scriptwriter, Kalasha Awards
  7. ^ Kenya International Film Festival: Best Actor
  8. ^ Kenya International Film Festival: Best East African Film
  9. ^ Best Children Film, Film Festival Recklinghausen
  10. ^ Best Editor, African Movie Academy Awards
  11. ^ Berlinale Generation 2010: Soul Boy
  12. ^ Gothenburg Film Festival: Soul Boy
  13. ^ International Film Festival Rotterdam: Soul Boy
  14. ^ Afrika Filmfestival 2010 in Leuven, Belgium: Soul Boy
  15. ^ Edinburgh International Film Festival: Soul Boy
  16. ^ Durban International Film Festival: Soul Boy
  17. ^ Sydney Film Festival: Soul Boy
  18. ^ Cinemafrica Stockholm: Soul Boy
  19. ^ African FF Tarifa
  20. ^ Sydney Film Festival: Soul Boy
  21. ^ Khouribga Maroc: Soul Boy
  22. ^ Seoul Intl Youth FF
  23. ^ Montreal World FF
  24. ^ Cinemas D'Afrique: Soul Boy
  25. ^ Cambridge Film Festival: Soul Boy
  26. ^ Montreal Intl Black Film Festival
  27. ^ Films From the South Oslo: Soul Boy
  28. ^ Hamptons Intl Film Festival
  29. ^ Warsaw Film Festival
  30. ^ Carlow African Film Festival: Soul Boy
  31. ^ Discovery Film Festival
  32. ^ Chicago Intl Children's Film Festival
  33. ^ Carthage Film Festival
  34. ^ [1]
  35. ^ Palm Springs IFF: Soul Boy
  36. ^ San Diego Black Film Festival
  37. ^ Adelaide Film Festival: Soul Boy
  38. ^ FESPACO
  39. ^ Birds Eye View Film Festival: Soul Boy
  40. ^ FEBIOFEST
  41. ^ Toronto IFF for children: Soul Boy
  42. ^ ReelWorld Film Festival
  43. ^ Ecrans Noirs
  44. ^ Rwanda Film Festival
  45. ^ Zanzibar Film Festival: Soul Boy
  46. ^ Kenya International Film Festival
  47. ^ Amakula Kampala International FilmFestival
  48. ^ Ethiopia Film Festival
  49. ^ Quintessence

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