This true depiction of events which took place in December 2015 replays the ambush and attacking of a public bus by Al Shabab terrorists highlighting the dangerous journeys made everyday by travelling citizens within the region. The story is set in Nairobi and opens with the rounding up of suspected Muslim terrorists.
Adelyne Wairmu plays a Christian woman who embarks on a reluctant journey to see her sick mother in Kotulo. A presence of suspicion between Christian and Muslim against a backdrop of Christians systematically being attacked on the treacherous journey between Nairobi and Somalia. Wairmu portrays a woman already plagued with fear due to the climate of terror and the brutal murder of her husband and baby. Wairmu delivers an outstanding performance of suspicion and hatred towards her Muslim counterpart with her refusal to interact with her fellow passengers. Wide angle shots of dusty dessert roads emitting hazy pollution from the vehicle and colourful market places along the way really gives the viewer a sense of normality blended with a radiant sun.
Abdiwali Farrah, Fishing Without Nets 2014, delivers a masterful performance as Salah Farah to whom the film is dedicated. His resolute interaction with Wairmu addresses and encapsulates the films title Watu Wote – All of us, because it was indeed all the passengers who were maltreated, all the on board were faced with certain death in both Muslim and Christian alike. Farrah’s selfless heroic actions truly extended the existence of all his fellow passengers, his courageous quoting of the Quran to the young misinformed terrorist subjectively underscored the moralistic question of right and wrong. This tragic situation where people would rather die than see their fellow countrymen slaughtered to this day is hailed as an victorious situation because the outcome could have been a lot different. Fantastic film requiring an award.
By Anthony Arowojolu