Fiction / Kenya / 2010 / 1h / 35 mm / couleur / VOSTF
Nairobi, Kenya. 14 year-old Abila lives with his parents in Kibera, one of East Africa’s largest shanty towns. Like a rite of passage, he must count on the help of his friend Shiku to rescue his father’s bewitched soul.
Abila initiatory journey echoes the deep rooted myths present in contemporary Kenyan society. It is above all a means to portray modern day Kenya from the shanty town of Kibera to the stylish residences of local expats.
Production : One Fine Day Films
Screenplay : Billy Kahora
Director of photography : Christian Almesberger
Editing : Ng’ehte Gitungo
Cast : Samson Odhiambo, Leila Dayan Opou, Krysteen Savane
Soul Boy is the first feature length film by the young Guinean-Kenyan director Hawa Essuman born in 1980. It is the first in a series of films produced by One Fine Day Films, which aims to bring together film professionals from Germany and Kenya around a common project. Hawa Essuman behind the camera and Billy Kahora as screenplay writer were therefore able to collaborate on this film with Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume) and a mixed team of German and Kenyan technicians.