The international film White Gold, starring local model and TV personality Refilwe Modiselle, bagged the best short narrative in the Oscar 2021 qualifying category at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles. The movie competed with 18 others from different countries.
Speaking to Drum, Refilwe says the reality has hit her but she is still trying to take it all in. "The feeling is incredible and phenomenal," she says excitedly.
As much as the award doesn’t come with prize money, Refilwe says it comes with acknowledgement and consideration to get into the 2021 Oscars. "For me, this was a massive milestone. When we were in the festival of that nature everyone realised there has never been a story like this."
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She says everyone at the festival kept on saying they were not aware of a narrative of this nature and to have a presentation where there is a diversification is huge. “It says to the world that we exist,” the actress tells us.
There are still many other film festivals the movie must go through, including the RapidLion one from 6 to 15 March.