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Young, Black and Uber-Talented: Kenyan Filmmaker Silas Miami is Off to the Oscars

Silas Miami on Supa Modo as Kenya's submission to the 91st Academy Awards and the future of artmaking in Africa.

Kenyan-born, Cape Town-based artist, Silas Miami, is the future of African art. He is a filmmaker, musician and photographer with an eye like no other. His most recent feature film, Supa Modo, set and shot on location in Kenya, was submitted to the 91st Academy Awards (the Oscars baby!) by Kenya alongside Rafiki, a tremendous feat given his young age. Silas is also the author of an award-winning photographic monograph, Onthou Atlantis, a stunning collection of visuals with ebullient colors. He's also released an EP, Withdrawal Symptoms, written both in English and Swahili, which has had great airplay in Kenya.

We caught up with him to talk about how he's fast becoming a trailblazer in the creative industry, his hopes for future African artmaking and how he thinks the continent can grow.

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These 9 African Directors Have Submitted Their Films Into the Foreign Language Oscar Race

Malawi's Shemu Joyah and Niger's Rahmatou Keïta are first-time Oscar hopefuls.

The Academy has released the official list of submissions for the 2019 Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film category, IndieWire reports.

Eighty-seven countries are being considered for the prize, where nine entries are coming from African directors. The official nominations are due to be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, with the 91st Oscar award ceremony to hold on February 24, 2019.

In the meantime, take a look at the trailers of the Oscar contenders below.

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Superhero Feel-Good Film 'Supa Modo' Has Been Selected as Kenya's Oscar Contender

Likarion Wainaina's film beat Wanuri Kahiu's 'RAFIKI' in the competitive race for this year's Kenyan Oscar bid.

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