Kenyan TV Series And Short Film Win Emmy Awards

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(Last Updated On: September 18, 2017)
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The Emmys were held on Sunday night in LA and a Kenyan’s CNN series managed to win an award over RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked and Born This Way.

A short film shot locally also won yet another award after winning Best Narrative Short at the Brooklyn Film Festival.

Kenyan-American comedian Kamau Bell has won an Emmy for his show “United Shades of America”. It was nominated in the category of Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. The Awards usually reward outstanding television shows, actors, actresses and directors.

His show is on CNN and is about how different people across the US feel about topics he asks them about. In the first season, he spoke to the KKK, prisoners, Latinos and Muslims among others. Watch the episodes on CNN HERE

Kenyan film “Watu Wote” has won a Students’ Oscar Award.

The short 22-minute long film is based on Al-Shabaab’s attack on a bus in Mandera in 2015. It was directed by Katja Benrath and features mostly Kenyan actors. The film itself was not shot in Mandera but in areas that resemble it.

Charlie Karumi – Actor in Watu Wote

Katja Benrath of Hamburg Media School won in this category meaning that the film can now be submitted to the main Oscars that will be held next year.

Watch the trailer below:

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