Kenyan Film ‘Watu Wote’ Wins Another Massive Award

18 September of 2017 by

It just came off of a big win at the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) and now the Kenyan film Watu Wote has picked up a prestigious Student Oscar Prize.

The film by Katja Benrath won in the narrative category for short film.

The film focuses on terrorism and the effects that it has had on communities – and in particular, events on a bus that showed Muslims and Christians coming together in solidarity and shared love. The subject matter is heavy, but this is definitely a film you must watch.

Check out the trailer to ‘Watu Wote’:

Here are the some of the winners in each category.


“Hale,” Brad Bailey, University of California, Berkeley

“On Pointe,” Priscilla Thompson and Joy Jihyun Jeong, Columbia University

“One Way Home,” Qingzi Fan, New York University


“Mammoth,” Ariel Heller, University of Southern California

“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr., New York University

“Who’s Who in Mycology,” Marie Dvorakova, New York University

Narrative (International Film Schools)

“Facing Mecca,” Jan-Eric Mack, Zurich University of the Arts (Switzerland)

“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Hamburg Media School (Germany)

“When Grey is a Colour,” Marit Weerheijm, Netherlands Film Academy (Netherlands)

Documentary (International Film Schools)

“Galamsey,” Johannes Preuss, Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany)

All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2017 Oscars in the Animated Short Film or Live Action Short Film category and 2018 Oscars in the Documentary Short Subject category.




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