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WHILE WE LIVE wins an ‘African Oscar’

Over the weekend the Swedish feature film While We Live received an award for Best Feature by an African Who Lives Abroad at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Africa’s largest film gala, which took place in Lagos, Nigeria.

The film, which is directed by Dani Kouyaté, follows Kandia, an African woman in her fifties, who has lived in Sweden for 30 years and has now decided to move back to Gambia with her son, Ibbe, who dreams of a career in hip-hop and is about to make his breakthrough. The film is shot mostly in Swedish.

Swedish rapper Adam Kanyama stars alongside Swedish-British actress Josette Bushell-Mingo and Swedish-Ugandan actor-singer Richard Sseruwagi in the movie.

While We Live will be released in Sweden in the autumn.

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.