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Watu Wote: All of us (2017)

Not Rated | | Short , Drama | 2017 (Germany)
For a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.

Director:

Katja Benrath

Writers:

Julia Drache, Alexander Ikawah (consulting writer) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 32 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Barkhad Abdirahman ... Abdirashid Adan
Faysal Ahmed ... Hassan Yaqub Ali (Al-Shabaab Leader)
Mahad Ahmed Mahad Ahmed ... Passenger
Abdiwali Farrah ... Salah Farah
Charlie Karumi ... Issa Osman (as Charles Karumi)
Alex Khayo Alex Khayo ... GSU officer
Gerald Langiri Gerald Langiri ... GSU officer
Justin Mirichii Justin Mirichii ... James Ouma
Saada Mohammed Saada Mohammed ... Astuhr
Douglas Muigai Douglas Muigai ... GSU officer
Adelyne Wairimu Adelyne Wairimu ... Jua
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For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. Especially the border region between Kenya and Somalia is considered highly dangerous. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail. Written by Tobias Rosen

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Country:

Germany | Kenya

Language:

Swahili | Somali

Release Date:

2017 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Watu Wote See more »

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This short film was Katja Benrath's graduation project at Hamburg Media School. See more »

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it's the humanity that bonds
28 December 2017 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The Al-Shabaab Islamic terrorists have created escalating distrust between Christians and Muslims in eastern Africa. The border between Kenya and Somalia is especially treacherous. Director Katja Benrath brings us the harrowing true story from 2015 of the attack on a Mandera public bus where a group of Muslims stood in solidarity to protect fellow Christian passengers from a terrorist attack.

Writers Julia Drache and Brian Dunene show, in frightening detail, a slice of traumatic daily life that these folks face. This 18 minute gem follows a young woman as she takes the bus on a cross-country journey. We learn through her interactions with another passenger that her family was murdered by Muslim terrorists and she carries the anger with her on this trip to visit her sick mother.

It's an unfortunate aspect of human nature that we tend to condemn an entire group because of the actions of a few. This true story reminds us that in fact, it's the humanity that binds us, rather than tears us apart. Amazing strength and being committed to doing the right things in life, allowed these passengers to stand up to those committing atrocities under the same label (Muslims) that these folks hold dearly. It's a powerful story, and a terrific short film that reminds us that no matter how difficult doing the right thing can be, it's always worthwhile.


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