Kenyan Film on Al-Shabaab Bus Attack Bags Oscar Nomination

January 25, 2018

Kenyan short-film -Watu Wote- based on the Mandera bus attack of December 21, 2015, has been nominated for an Oscar Award.

The widely acclaimed film has received a nod in the Best Short Film-Live Action category at the 90th Oscar awards slated for March 4.

The announcement was made on Tuesday afternoon just hours before the film’s Nairobi premier.

The 22-minute film by three German students was inspired by the terrorist attack – in which two people were killed and several others injured. It has been nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to compete with five other live action short films.

The film has already won over 35 film festival awards, including the Gold Student Academy Award in the Short Narrative International Category and Best Narrative Short award at Brooklyn Film Festival.

Directed by Katja Benrath, ‘Watu Wote’ is told through the eyes of actress Adelyne Wairimu who plays the role of a Christian passenger.

The film was shot in Nairobi, Mwingi, and Magadi.

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