Political activist Boniface ‘Softie’ Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan election. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents, with idealism as his only weapon, proves challenging – and Boniface soon discovers that confronting strong political dynasties poses a risk to his family’s safety.
This is a languid and beautifully made account of the lives of three families who live in the polluted Russian city of Magnitogorsk, home to the state-run Kombinat, one of the largest iron and steel factories in the country. Kombinat falls midway between the stories of Chekhov and Kafka, rendered in the medium of social-realist cinema.
From Underground to the Corridors of Power, from director Teddy Mattera, provides a critical look at the formation of the National Union of Miners (NUM). Featuring interviews with key figures in the movement, including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the film centres on the miners’ struggle for a living wage and better working conditions.
In the time of COVID-19, a small and isolated community is left vulnerable as it struggles to fight off an illegal mining cartel in their backyard.