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This Kenyan Short Film Has Been Nominated for an Oscar

'Watu Wote' is based on the real-life events of the 2015 Mandera bus attack.

Kenyan film Watu Wote has been nominated for an Oscar award for Best Live Action Short Film.


The film premiered at Nairobi's Junction Mall on Tuesday coinciding with its Oscar nomination. The short film, which was produced in 2016 as the graduation film for the Hamburg Media School master class program, already bagged a Student Oscar in 2017.

The film is based on the real-life events of the Mandera bus attack which was carried out by Al Shabaab in 2015.

The militants attacked the Nairobi-bound bus and demanded that the Muslim passengers identify and separate themselves from the Christian passengers. However, a Muslim man led the other Muslim passengers in shielding the Christians from being shot and killed by the militants.

The director of the film, Katja Benrath, says the film was a tribute to the 28 people who were killed by Al Shabaab on that fateful day.

Watch the trailer for Watu Wote below.

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Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

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This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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