Tanzanian film Vuta N’kuvute shortlisted for Oscars

A Tanzanian film has been shortlisted for an Oscar award, ending a two-decade wait for the country to take part in the award.

The film Vuta N’kuvute – which means “relentless struggle” in Swahili – was selected in the category “Best international film” within the 95th ceremony of the Oscars.

Released in Swahili and with a mostly African cast, the film tells the story of a young Indian-Zanzibari whose romance blossoms on the back of a political revolt in the final days of British imperial rule.

“The future of Tanzanian cinema is finally in our hands. A wave of Swahili filmmakers is growing every day with pride, intelligence and audacity,” posted on Instagram Amil Shivjico-producer of the film.

In September 2021, Vuta N’kuvute made history by becoming the first Tanzanian feature film to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Tanzania’s first appearance at the Academy Awards was Maangazi : The Ancient One, and that was in 2002.

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