South African actress Khabonina Qubeka was awarded an international accolade in the US.
The local actress scored the Indie Spirit Best Actress Award at the Boston International Film Festival, for playing Dora‚ a Hillbrow prostitute, in the movie Dora’s Peace.
Also, the director of the film Kosta Kalarytis won the Indie Spirit Special Recognition Award.
Qubeka said she feels honoured as she has much respect for the Boston Film Festival. Thus, the fact that the movie had been invited to the festival meant a lot to her.
“What I respect about these awards is that when you take your film abroad to a place like the Boston International Film Festival, they don’t know anything about the cast members. As the lead actress they don’t know what else I’m in, what else I’m doing. All they know is what they see. They saw Dora’s Peace and they saw the performance. I also think they looked at the technicality of the performance. I think that’s what they appreciated and that means a lot to me.”
Khabonina Qubeka described Dora’s Peace as a masterpiece because after watching it, one must feel something.
“A lot of the people were crying after seeing the movie. They would send me messages saying your production team must give us a box of tissues because of the way they made us feel. I love that the movie made people feel something.”
We are glad that yet another South African is making waves in the international movie industry.
The festival started on the 13 of April and came to an end on the 17th. It’s used as a platform for recognising American and international film makers. The festival aims at supporting and promoting all of these film makers work.