Actress Khaboniana Qubeka has won an International Award For Best Actress. Khabonina took to Social Media this morning to announce the great news that she won the Indie Spirit Best Actress award at the Boston International Film Festival for her role on Dora’s Peace, a locally produced film that was released last year in August.
The Boston International Film Festival was held on the 13 of April until the 17th. The festival recognises American and international film makers. The aim of the festival is to support and promote all of these film makers work.
“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 said after winning.
Qubeka has also been pleasantly surprised by the film’s reception at home and abroad. She finished off by saying that Dora’s Peace is an art piece that made South Africa “feel something’ and she is most proud of that.
“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.”
In the film, Khabonina plays the role of a trigger-happy sex-worker who finds herself in the midst of danger after she tries to shield a young boy whose mother was killed by a couple of gangsters.
The film also features actress, Hlubi Mboya who plays the role of a drug addict and the mother of the young boy.