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Jason Singer

“Watu Wote” is a brutally honest film about a very difficult subject. It is also almost a frame-by-frame remake of previously mentioned nominee, “Na Wewe” from 2010. I don’t know if anyone in the Academy will remember it, but I sure did. And it’s quite possible Katja Benrath, who made the film while at film school in Germany, had never heard of it. It doesn’t mean it’s not well made. It is. The performances are believable, the story is specific, and the ending, based on a true story, fits our hopes for the picture. And considering it’s a student film, the film-craft is superb, which, considering its location and use of mostly non-actors, is saying something!. However, I just kept wondering if there weren’t less derivative films in 2017 that might have been honored by the Academy.

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“Watu Wote” is a brutally honest film about a very difficult subject. It is also almost a frame-by-frame remake of previously mentioned nominee, “Na Wewe” from 2010. I don’t know if anyone in the Academy will remember it, but I sure did. And it’s quite possible Katja Benrath, who made the film while at film school in Germany, had never heard of it. It doesn’t mean it’s not well made. It is. The performances are believable, the story is specific, and the ending, based on a true story, fits our hopes for the picture. And considering it’s a student film, the film-craft is superb, which, considering its location and use of mostly non-actors, is saying something!. However, I just kept wondering if there weren’t less derivative films in 2017 that might have been honored by the Academy.

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