Mandera bus attack film ‘Watu Wote’ wins Student Oscar


The 2015 Mandera bus attack that was immortalized in a film Watu Wote: All of us has won an Oscar.

The short film that was produced in 2016 as the graduation film for the Hamburg Media School master class program, won the Student Oscars.

Katja Benrath from the media school who won the narrative category for the short film stated that it was a tribute to the 28 people killed by Al-Shabab militants who attacked the bus.

“The filmmaker says the movie is a tribute to the 28 people killed by jihadist group Al-Shabaab who attacked a Nairobi-bound bus in Mandera near the Kenya-Somali border in 2014,” said Benrath.

The movie tells the story of that fateful day when suspected Al-Shabab militants waylaid and attacked a Nairobi-bound bus.

The militants demanded that the Muslim passengers on the bus separate themselves and identify Christians amongst them.

The Muslim passengers however protected the Christians, refused to separate and told the militants to kill them all.

The jury for the Student Oscars had received more than 1,500 entries from 356 international and US colleges and universities.

The movie is said to be on a path to the main Oscars in 2018.

Source: SDE


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