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Soul Boy (2010)

A Kenyan boy goes on a strange journey to return his father's soul.


Hawa Essuman, Tom Tykwer


Billy Kahora
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samson Odhiambo Samson Odhiambo ... Abila
Leila Dayan Opou Leila Dayan Opou ... Shiku
Krysteen Savane ... Nyawawa
Frank Kimani Frank Kimani ... Macharia
Joab Ogolla Joab Ogolla ... Abi's Father
Lucy Gachanja Lucy Gachanja ... Abi's Mother
Katherine Damaris Katherine Damaris ... Aunt Susan
Kevin Onyango Omondi Kevin Onyango Omondi ... Bojo
Calvin Shikuku Odhiambo Calvin Shikuku Odhiambo ... Kaka
Nordeen Abdulghani Nordeen Abdulghani ... Willie
Ginger Wilson Ginger Wilson ... Claire (as Siobhain 'Ginger' Wilson)
Nick Reding Nick Reding ... Brian
McLean Wilson McLean Wilson ... Amy
Jomo Wilson Jomo Wilson ... Rafael
Godfrey Ojiambo Godfrey Ojiambo ... Thief


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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Very good Kenyan film
14 June 2014 | by ZooomaSee all my reviews

Brilliant film out of Kenya about a young teen boy who is helping his dad get his soul back. It's a humbling film because of the location in the Kibera slum of Nairobi. It's an uplifting film because of the ending which displays the beautiful human kindness there still is in the world. The lead actor, a first timer, is a little cardboardy but the lead female is excellent. At just about 1 hour, it all unfolds quickly without much time to build background. Definitely no lollygagging. The story might be a bit thin but it's all so wonderful to watch.

7.8 / 10 stars

--Zoooma, a Kat Pirate Screener

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Release Date:

4 March 2010 (Kenya) See more »

Also Known As:

Chłopiec, który szukał duszy See more »

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2.35 : 1
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