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by Hawa Essuman


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.

international title: Soul Boy
original title: Soul Boy
country: Kenya, Germany
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Hawa Essuman
release date: DE 02/12/2010
screenplay: Billy Kahora
cast: Samson Odhiambo, Leila Dayan Opollo, Krysteen Savane, Frank Kimani, Joab Ogolla, Lucy Gachanja, Katherine Damaris, Kevin Onyango Omondi
cinematography by: Christian Almesberger
film editing: Ng'ethe Gitungo
music: Xaver von Treyer
producer: Marie Steinmann, Tom Tykwer
production: One Fine Day Films
distributor: X Verleih
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