Refilwe Modiselle wins Best Actress at The African Film Festival (TAFF)

 Refilwe Modiselle wins Best Actress at The African Film Festival (TAFF)

Refilwe Modiselle has made history! She has bagged herself the Best actress award at The African Film Festival (TAFF). The talented model won for her role in White Gold, a story that follows an African woman with albinism.

The win is significant as no other woman with albinism has won such an accolade. She took to Instagram to share the news with fans. She said she hopes the award opens up the industry for diverse representation.

“The coveted award is coming home to me, Covid 19 could never stop God’s plans even though we couldn’t travel to grace this momentous occasion as we would have wishe. It was done digitally,” she wrote.

She expressed gratitude at her achievement and what it means for the whole industry. “I’m so grateful. Global love like this is planting a seed, for the change that is needed in the industry & the world at large on various levels,” she explained.

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Where do I even begin to express my extraordinary pot of unexplainable emotions. I WON BEST ACTRESS at the TAFF @theafricanfilmfestival in Dallas, Texas 😭 THANK YOU #TAFF πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ†πŸ”₯ The coveted award is coming home to me, Covid 19 could never stop God's plans even though we couldn't travel to grace this momentous occasion as we would have wished. It was done digitally. THANK YOU BRA GOD DADDY! My first international award as an actress & the first time in the history of beings, where a person with albinism in a lead role takes an award of this magnitude home! My God is no fool… He knows how this journey has been for me personally…. ShoooπŸ˜­πŸ™†πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ. I'm so grateful. Global love like this is planting a seed, for the change that is needed in the industry & the world at large on various levels. @thepitchwhitegold has taken BEST SHORT NARRATIVE award again as well!!! Out of the 4 nominations we took the two awards. The other nominations were Best Director @lukebradford_art_film & Best Young talent to @owethu_zulu πŸ’› Time was so limited I couldn't name everybody individually that I would have loved to in my acceptance speech. I thanked @lukebradford_art_film, my family, incredible cast, the UK & SA production crew of White Gold & all who have been supportive in my journey. πŸ˜­πŸ˜πŸ™πŸ» Additional to those I didn't get to mention my management @talent.etc, thank you for being open to my visions. I love you team, however special thanks goes to the person that takes care of me most, my soundboard & pitbull @khira_sa. πŸ˜πŸ™πŸ» Thank you to the executive producers of @thepitchwhitegold Luke Walton & Jackie Shephard. Thank you to male lead Natron @aubrey_mmakola_ for holding my hand even when I felt like a little fish in uncharted waters.Β  @lady_shadi Lena, your love & support has been so sisterly that I can't thank you enough. @hester_make_up … THANK YOU my Kindred for thinking of me, even after years later 😭😭😭 To my friends I can't all name, thank you for holding my hand through this journey. Genuine love & support has become a rare commodity. To my loves/supporters (don't like the term fans) THANK YOU πŸ’› #GodsBabygirl #InMySkinIWin πŸ’›πŸ™πŸ»πŸ†πŸ•―οΈ

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The African Film Festival (TAFF) 2020 was held in Texas in the U.S. Due to the coronavirus pandemic it took place digitally from 2 – 6 June. The festival showcases some of Africa’s best films.

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