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Tanzania makes its first Oscar nomination in 21 years with the film Vuta N'Kuvute.

The two-decade wait for a Tanzanian entry in the awards has ended with the shortlisting of a Tanzanian film for an Oscar. The movie Vuta N'kuvute, whose Swahili title translates to "hard struggle," has been nominated for the 95th Academy Awards' "Best International Film" category.

The movie, which was released in Swahili and features a primarily African cast, tells the tale of a young Indian-Zanzibari woman whose romance blossoms as a result of a political uprising in the final days of British imperial rule. Amil Shivji, a co-producer of the movie, wrote on Instagram that "Finally, the future of Tanzanian cinema is in our hands. With pride, intelligence, and boldnesd, a wave of Swahili filmmakers is growing every day with pride."


Photo credit Instagram @amilshivji

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