Kenyan film Watu Wote misses out on Oscars but makes Africa proud

Mildred Europa Taylor March 06, 2018
A scene from the film

Kenyan film, Watu Wote’s hopes of grabbing an Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday did not materialize. The movie missed the Oscar for the Best Live Action Short Film category during the awards ceremony held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The award was given to The Silent Child, a film set in rural England which talked about the life of a deaf four-year-old girl.

Watu Wote directed by German actress and filmmaker Katja Benrath was based on a true story in 2015, where Al-Shabaab militants attacked a bus in Kenya as they were travelling to Mandera from Nairobi. The militants ordered people to group themselves into Christians and Muslims in order to kill the Christians.

The Muslim passengers on the bus refused and shielded the Christians, with almost everyone in the bus surviving the incident.

Watu Wote was also in competition with three other movies – DeKalb Elementary, The Eleven O’Clock and My Nephew Emmett.

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: March 5, 2018


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