KATI KATI SELECTED AS KENYA’S OFFICIAL SUBMISSION FOR OSCAR – BEST FOREIGN MOVIE CATEGORY
Following its release in 2016 and bagging the award of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery programme at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, Mbithi Masya’s 2016 debut feature film “Kati Kati” is Kenya’s official submission for the Best Foreign Film category of the 90th Academy Awards (Oscars) slated for March 4, 2018.
The Oscar Selection Committee made the announcement over the weekend and this is indeed a laudable one for the Kenyan filmmaker, Mbithi Masya. The movie tells an intriguing, yet unique story of a young lady who finds herself in a mysterious place between life and afterlife and her quick assimilation into the strange place.
Kati Kati now undergoes further scrutiny by members of the Motion Picture Academy and hopes to be one of the six films officially nominated for the Best Foreign Film Award on 23rd January, 2018.
Urging the continuous and vast use of foreign languages in movies in order to create a more competitive platform for the Oscar Best foreign language category, The Chairperson, Wambui Kairo has his to say: “We would like to see more entries in the running to represent the country at the Academy Awards … We further urge filmmakers to script non-English dialogue for main characters. This shall give the films a competitive edge in the Oscar Foreign Language Film race.”
While exploring an in-depth use of language with an intelligently scripted piece on the theme “Afterlife”, Kati Kati sure earns itself this spot in the Oscar Best Foreign Film category.