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Soul Boy (2010)

 -  Drama  -  4 March 2010 (Kenya)
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Abila (14) lives in one of the most miserable slums in Africa. His girlfriend Shiku belongs to a different tribe, as the result of which he is not really allowed to fraternize with her. And... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Samson Odhiambo ...
Leila Dayan Opou ...
Krysteen Savane ...
Frank Kimani ...
Joab Ogolla ...
Lucy Gachanja ...
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Kevin Onyango Omondi ...
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Nordeen Abdulghani ...
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Abila (14) lives in one of the most miserable slums in Africa. His girlfriend Shiku belongs to a different tribe, as the result of which he is not really allowed to fraternize with her. And then one drunken night his father gambles away his own soul. Written by International Film Festival Rotterdam

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Technically impressive, weak story.
22 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this film in a special presentation at the Berlin Film Festival. It was technically impressive, the visuals and sound very high quality for an African-theme film. It is excellent that youth were also trained on the production. I liked the performance of the main actress, she was spectacular. The main actor, at times, felt stilted and uncomfortable, perhaps this was due to the fact that this was the first film he every appeared in.

However, I found the story-line to be thin and unrealistic. It felt more European and almost like Tom Twyver's Run Lola Run but set in an African slum. Reminded me of the short film Kibera Kid, yet it lacked a certain authenticity. This may have been due to the mainly European technical crew and the influence of Tom Twyver on the production. He was the producer and the supervising director on the film and from my understanding directed / supervised the film.

Overall worth seeing if interested in African films, yet don't expect too much. It's simple, well executed but not too deep or authentic.


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