Uganda got its first shot at the Oscars this year with Morris Mugisha’s ‘Temebele’ making the shortlist in the International Feature Film category.
But that dream was crushed after the movie missed out on the 15-movie list that was released on December 21, 2022.
African movies that have made it to the eligibility list include Terastorm by Andrew Kaggia; Tug of War by Amil Shivji from Tanzania; Xalé
by Moussa Sene Absa from Senegal, The Planter’s Plantation by Dingha Young Eystein from Cameroon; and Our Brothers by Rachid Bouchareb from Algeria.
Samuel Saviour Kizito, from the Uganda Oscars Committee, said despite missing out on the shortlist, it is an achievement to get on the eligibility list since it was the country’s first submission.
“Being part of the team that submitted ‘Tembele’ to the Oscars, I saw the journey and what it takes to submit a film to the Academy. Even the fact that we were listed on the eligibility list shows that our movie was previewed, looked into, and approved as eligible. This means that we have an industry that can produce movies that are worthy of an Oscar Selection,” Kizito said.
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