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Inspiring Young Imaginations: Screening of "Soul Boy"


Info   Entrance: N$ 5 for youth and N$ 15 for adults


The last African film for Children and Youth this year in the series "Inspiring Young Imaginations" will be "Soul Boy" by Ghanaian-Kenyan director Hawa Essuman. An AfricAvenir Windhoek event in partnership with FNCC and the Goethe-Centre/NaDS.

14 year-old Abila lives with his parents in Kibera, one of the largest slums in East Africa (Kenya). One morning the teenager discovers his father is ill and delirizous. 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.

You can watch the trailer here: www.soulboy-film.org;

About the director
Hawa Essuman is a visionary of film in Kenya. Born in the 1980s into a Ghanaian family, Hawa identifies herself as Ghanaian-Kenyan by virtue of the fact that she grew up in Kenya and calls it home. She performed in various theatre plays and two films before she found her way into the world of production, where she worked on TV commercials and documentaries before directing on a Kenyan TV drama series. She made her film acting debut in Project Daddy (2004) and featured in the Italian film Piano Solo (2007). 

She first directed an hour long film called ‘Selfish?’ and later ‘The Lift’ both released in 2009. Soul Boy, her most recent film, has screened at various film festivals around the world and has won a number of awards. 

She is currently developing her next project, a feature film set at the Kenya coast titled ‘Djin’.


  • Winner Best Feature Film, 1st Luxor African Film Festival, Luxor, Egypt, 2012
  • Signis Award, Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), 2010
  • Dioraphte Audience Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Holland
  • Best Feature Film Award, Rwanda Film Festival 2010

„A Film for the Soul“  - ElleAfrique Magazine 

„No kiddies stuff, but a small masterpiece” – Oliver Heilwagen, Kultiversum – Die Kulturplattform

„Soul Boy is an outstanding new feature film that comes out of a Kenyan-German co-production” – Africultures

„Soul Boy“, ..., tells a modern fairy tale in the slums of Kenya.“ – Focus

„A fairy tale in the slums of Kenya, .... A compact, almost hour-long children’s film, without any misery romance, but with a lot of jive.“ – KulturSpiegel 

Please join into the fun.

Soul Boy
Hawa Essuman, Kenya/Germany, 2010, 60 minutes, 13+, Swahili with English subtitles.

For more information email or call: 

  • AfricAvenir: Claudia Van Houtum-Nakuta, c_van_houtum@hotmail.com, 081 462 4541
  • FNCC Multimedia Library: Nicolas Ronde, library@fncc.org.na, 081 801 7947 – 061 387 334
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