Kenyan short film ‘Watu Wote’ – All Of Us has won the student category in the Oscars 2017.

“The Academy Awards, now known officially as The Oscars, is a set of twenty-four awards for artistic and technical merit in the American film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements”

This year’s 89th celebration is the grandest ever with more inclusivity being witnessed unlike previous times.

It surely is a promising year for Kenya. This comes after female filmmaker and founder of Docubox (FilmFund) Judy Kibinge was earlier picked by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to join the ranks of voting members.

Produced in 2016 ‘Watu Wote’  has already gotten special mentions in the Bermuda Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival

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The film which stars Feisal Ahmed and Bakhard abdirahman (featured in the blockbuster Captain Philips) has been praised for breaking the stereotypes associated with terrorism.

Some of the Kenyan filmmakers involved include, Bramwell Iro, Alexander Ikawah and a list of Kenyan supporting crew.

 

Watu Wote: All of us
2016 ‧ Drama film/Short Film ‧ 22 mins
“For a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.”