Refilwe Modiselle. Picture: Supplied
Refilwe Modiselle. Picture: Supplied

'White Gold' star Refilwe Modiselle scoops second international award

By Kedibone Modise Time of article published Nov 12, 2020

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South African actress and model Refilwe Modiselle continues her winning streak this year.

Modiselle who plays the lead role of Mansa in the UK short film, “White Gold”, is celebrating another milestone.

This week, the star walked away with her second Best Actress award at the Africa Film For Impact Festival (AFFIF) in Nigeria.

AFFIF is a film festival dedicated to showcasing, celebrating and empowering filmmakers committed to social change themes in movie production across the African continent.

Commenting on her big win, Modiselle says: “This is another massive milestone accomplished in a year where the world fell apart... My fire and the momentum kept me going.”

She adds: “My second Best Actress win all the way in Nigeria. This is massive and history in the making.

“I stand to be corrected but, this is a first for a person of my nature, in the continent, especially with a story of this nature with my character. I'm deeply humbled.”

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Glory to God... My 2nd Best actress award.... 2020 you keep raising the bar. Thank you Nigeria... Thank you #AFFIF 4000 submissions, 80 selected for official screeing. And this one major award for yours truly. 😭![CDATA[]]>🕯️🙏![CDATA[]]>🏻![CDATA[]]>💛 #Repost @thepitchwhitegold • • • • • • Africa Film For Impact Festival - Lagos, Nigeria. 5 Nominations and 1 Win. Congratulations to @refilwemodiselle for winning BEST ACTOR! Nominations: BEST DIRECTOR / BEST EDITING / BEST HUMAN RIGHTS FILM / BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY. Well done to all the team! #shortfilm #filmfestival #filmawards #GodsBabygirl 💛 #Vanillablaq 💛 #Mansa 💛 #LovePersonified 💛 #Khaleesi 💛 #Spirit 💛

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The star says this recognition means she is “breaking boundaries one step at a time with each win and move” made through this film.

“White Gold” follows the journey of Mansa, an African woman with albinism, who got her arm hacked as the result of myths and misconceptions surrounding albinism and witchcraft.

Shot on location in Walkerville, South of Joburg, the film was inspired by a true story of a young Tanzania who got mutilated by a witchdoctor.

Written and directed by UK-based filmmaker, Luke Bradford, “White Gold” made its world debut at the Pan African Film Festival, where the film scooped its first award, the Best Short Narrative.

The Pan African Film Festival 2020 took place in Los Angeles, in February.

In June, Modiselle won the Best Actress Actress at The African Film Festival (TAFF), held in Dallas, Texas.

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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 💃![CDATA[]]>🏼![CDATA[]]>🏆![CDATA[]]>🔥 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.... Shooo😭![CDATA[]]>🙆![CDATA[]]>🏼‍♀️. 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 💛 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. 😭![CDATA[]]>😍![CDATA[]]>🙏![CDATA[]]>🏻 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. 😍![CDATA[]]>🙏![CDATA[]]>🏻 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.  @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 😭![CDATA[]]>😭![CDATA[]]>😭 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 💛 #GodsBabygirl #InMySkinIWin 💛![CDATA[]]>🙏![CDATA[]]>🏻![CDATA[]]>🏆![CDATA[]]>🕯️

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In August, "White Gold" walked away with Best Acting honours at the Global Impact Film Festival (GIFF) in Washington DC.

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Hackers tried to erase my post, but the devil will not erase my milestones 🔥![CDATA[]]>🔥![CDATA[]]>🔥 Original post was on 9 August 2020 Another award win for White Gold at the Global Impact Film Festival in Washington DC Best Acting Winner 🏆![CDATA[]]>😭![CDATA[]]>😍![CDATA[]]>🔥![CDATA[]]>💃![CDATA[]]>🏼 Best Cinematography Nominee Regardless of what the world is going through, God shows that He will make a way. Nothing will stop His destiny & will for the greater good. Sooo grateful. Yet again another bold step to Change in the media & film industry Change in representation Change in untold narratives that speak for the authenticity the world yearns!!! 🕯️🙏![CDATA[]]>🏻 Thank you @globalimpactdc This isn't only my win but a win for the cast & crew who gave so much of their heart & soul into this film. This is a win for change! I can't tell you how I look back more on how my difficult journey, wasn't for nothing. I was never born a mistake, purposeful, just as I am 😭![CDATA[]]>💛 Here's to collecting more award wins as THE MARATHON CONTINUES 🔥![CDATA[]]>👊![CDATA[]]>🏻![CDATA[]]>🔥 GLORY BE TO GOD & my ancestors arch angels that watch over me, working overtime. 🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️ #Repost @thepitchwhitegold • • • • • • Washington D.C. CONGRATULATIONS to @refilwemodiselle and all the incredible cast for achieving BEST ACTING at this years @globalimpactdc Also to @scottmilton_aco for his BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY nomination! We are honoured to have been selected and recognised at this prestigious festival that focusses on ‘films for change’ from around the world. #giff6 #giffvirtual @refilwemodiselle @scottmilton_aco #GodsBabygirl 💛 #Vanillablaq 💛 #Mansa 💛 #LovePersonified 💛 #Khaleesi 💛 #Spirit 💛 #Gratitude #WorkHard #GodAtWork #Inshallah #Evolving #VanillablaqMagic #BestActressAwardRecipient #AfricasFirstSuccessfulModelWithAlbinism #TVHost #RadioHost #Model #MC #Speaker #VoiceArtist #Actress #Activist #CNNAfricanGameChanger #OprahsPowerlist2013 #GloryToGod #Royal #VanillablaqQueen

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The film also premiered in South Africa at the RapidLion Film Festival 2020, which was held at the Market Theatre, in March.

White Gold was nominated for the Best Humanitarian Film.

Modiselle says, while she can’t reveal any details, she’s currently working on another big project, where she is will starring alongside legendary TV and theatre stars, Nandi Nyembe and Lillian Dube.

Lastly, Modiselle was voted the “Diva Extraordinaire of The Year” award at the Feather Awards 2020.

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Diva Extraordinare #FeatherAwrads12 WINNER 😭![CDATA[]]>🥇![CDATA[]]>😭 Award after award in the same week. My 2nd Best Actress international award this past weekend & then this Diva Extraordinare Award. 🔥![CDATA[]]>🔥![CDATA[]]>🔥 Glory to God Thank you @featherssa for this honor “A Diva is a female version of a hustler... - Beyonce" It's always been love from the LGBTQIA+ Community. Thank you. 🏳️‍🌈![CDATA[]]>💛 To those that taught me to love myself in my fabulosity unapologetically, this is the woman you've allowed to love you unconditionally Thank you to everyone who's been supportive in my journey. Thank you to my family & friends too for being an anchor 🙏![CDATA[]]>🏻![CDATA[]]>💛 Glory to God & the thousands that walk with me.🕯️🕯️🕯️😭![CDATA[]]>😭![CDATA[]]>😭![CDATA[]]>🔥![CDATA[]]>🔥![CDATA[]]>🔥 👗: @xviii_victorian 📷:@shane_ mangxangza #GodsBabygirl 💛 #Vanillablaq 💛 #Mansa 💛 #LovePersonified 💛 #Khaleesi 💛 #Spirit 💛 #Gratitude #WorkHard #GodAtWork #Inshallah #Evolving #VanillablaqMagic #BestActressAwardRecipient #AfricasFirstSuccessfulModelWithAlbinism #TVHost #RadioHost #Model #MC #Speaker #VoiceArtist #Actress #Activist #Songbird #CNNAfricanGameChanger #OprahsPowerlist2013 #GloryToGod #Royal #VanillablaqQueen

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Talk about a winning streak this year!

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