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#Oscars Uhuru lauds cast behind Kenyan film on terrorist attack despite missing an Oscar award

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Watu Wote had been nominated for an Oscar for the Best Live Action Short Film category

play Watu Wote tells the story of a terror attack on a bus in Kenya by militant group Al-Shabaab in 2015, in which Muslim passengers protected Christians. (Hamburg Media School)

President Uhuru Kenyatta led Kenyans in commending the cast behind Kenyan film, Watu Wote, despite missing an Oscar during the award’s 90th ceremony held on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

In a tweet shared on his page, Mr. Kenyatta lauded the crew for making the country proud and setting the bar high for other creative artistes.

The film had been nominated for an Oscar for the Best Live Action Short Film category. The award instead went to The Silent Child, a film set in rural England about the life of a deaf four-year-old girl.

Watu Wote was based on a true story where Muslim passengers in a bus shielded their non-muslim counterparts from an attack by Al-Shabaab militants as they were travelling to Mandera from Nairobi in December 2015.

play Watu Wote had been nominated for an Oscar for the Best Live Action Short Film category.

 

Apart from the winning film, the Kenyan Oscar entry was battling it out with DeKalb ElementaryThe Eleven O’Clock and My Nephew Emmett.

Lupita Nyong'o

Kenya’s superstar Lupita Nyong’o made an appearance on stage alongside Pakistani-American stand-up comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani to award the Best Production Design.

play Kenya’s superstar Lupita Nyong’o made an appearance on stage alongside Pakistani-American stand-up comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani to award the Best Production Design. (Courtesy)

 

While making a case for immigrants, the Black Panther star received wild applause when she announced that “I’m from Kenya”.

“Like everyone in this room and everyone watching at home we are dreamers. We grew up dreaming of one day working in the movies. Dreams are the foundations of Hollywood and dreams are the foundation of America,” she said.

Lupita is the only Kenyan who has ever won an Oscar so far, having scooped it under the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in 12 Years a Slave in 2014.

 

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