NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – It didn’t bring home an Oscar this week, but a film nominated for one is helping to spread a message that many Africans said is too rarely heard: that people from different religious groups on the continent can be each other’s heroes.

“Watu Wote” (“all of us” in Swahili), nominated for the best short film (live action), tells the true story of a 2015 attack on a bus in Mandera, in northeastern Kenya, in which Muslim passengers saved Christian passengers from death.

Al-Shabab gunmen had hijacked the bus and asked the Muslims to separate themselves from the

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