Tanzania Makes First Oscar Entry in 21 Years

After a 20-year hiatus, Tanzania has finally made an entry in the Oscar Awards for ‘Best International Film’.

Amil Shivji’s romantic drama Vuta N’Kuvute (Tug of War) was released in Swahili with a predominantly African cast.

Shivji used his Instagram handle to express his gratitude for the recognition.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be selected as Tanzania’s official submission to the 95th Academy Awards. It has been 20 years since Tanzania was recognized by the world’s most prestigious film platform.

“It’s a small step, but the future of Tanzanian cinema is finally in our hands. The wave of Swahili filmmakers grows every day with pride, intelligence and audacity,” he said. is writing

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The Tanzanian Tug of War is my second participation after first appearing 21 years ago in the 2002 film Maangazi: The Ancient One.

The film premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), making it the first Tanzanian film to be selected for the festival.

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