Another milestone for the Kenya film industry has been achieved this week. ‘Watu Wote’ has been nominated for Best Live Action short film at the 90th Oscar Awards.
The film which has already won over 35 film festival awards was nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to compete with five other live action short films. The announcement was made on Tuesday afternoon just hours before the Nairobi premier at The Nakumatt Junction.
Watu Wote is based on a Real Life Al Shabaab bus attack in the border town of Elawak, Mandera on December 21, 2015, in which 2 people were killed and scores injured.
The film centers on a religious conflict between Muslims and Christians where on that unfortunate day the terrorist lined up Christians from the whole lot with the aim of executing them one by one. Salah Farah, a teacher at a local school, confronted the militants together with fellow Muslim passengers as the attackers attempted to separate Christian passengers and shoot them.
Farah was shot and wounded as he argued with the militants. He later succumbed to his injuries at Kenyatta National Hospital on January 17, 2016. A Schoolboy and a man attempted to run from the scene but were shot dead.
Watu Wote faces competition from “The Silent Child,” by Chris Overton, “The Eleven O’Clock,” by Derin Seale, “My Nephew Emmett,” by Kevin Wilson, Jr. and “DeKalb Elementary,” by Reed Van Dyk.
The film was produced by Rosen of Hamburg Media School, Bramwel Iro and Matrid Nyagah of LightBox Africa, and directed by Katja Benrath.
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