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Tanzania gets first Oscars Awards entry In 20 years

A Tanzanian film has been shortlisted for an Academy Award, ending a two-decade wait for the country’s participation in the award.

The film Vuta N’kuvute – which means “hard struggle” in Swahili – has been shortlisted in the “Best International Film” category at the 95th Academy Awards.

Released in Swahili and with a predominantly African cast, the film tells the story of a young Indian-Zanzibari woman whose romance blossoms on the back of a political revolt in the last 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 boldness,” posted Amil Shivji, the film’s co-producer, on Instagram.

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