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