The movie “Magda’s Lesbian Lover” by Nigerian director Elizabeth Funke Obisanya won the prize for best short film at the Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts (BEFFTA) awards ceremony in London on Oct. 30.
Obisanya praised BEFFTA founder Pauline Long for opening the awards to all.
“She broke the anti-gay wall that was placed on LGBTI creatives, even in the UK,” Obisanya said. “I can tell you. I have been around the black film festival block — even UK Nollywood — and they have ignored me. Some have even said it was because of the gay thing.”
“But Pauline said, ‘No discrimination!’ and every LGBTI creative should know that,” Obisanya said.
Long said of the gathering, “I’m extremely proud of what we have achieved. BEFFTA Awards has clocked 7 wonderful years celebrating African, Caribbean and Asian personalities; raising and praising a truly talented community. It has become the annual community award of the year that thousands look forward to attending.”
Obisanya is the screenwriter as well as the producer of “Magda’s Lesbian Lover,” which has been shown at many film festivals in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.
The Internet Movie Database describes three versions of the film — an original 29-minute one in Swedish and English, “Min Mamma alska Lesbiska”; an English version in which “Magda’s conflict with her homosexuality is seen more and her faith questioned,” and an eight-minute version consisting of “the beginning story – the coming of age.”
Obisanya, who is also a minister, described her experiences as an LGBTIQ Christian in the Nigerian podcast “No Strings” in June.
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- Behind the scenes: Filming a British-Nigerian gay love story (September 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Ugandan film focuses on fatal effects of anti-gay media (April 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Russian gay film festival: 12,500-euro fine as ‘foreign agent’ (June 2013, 76crimes.com)
- Tunisia cheers lesbian love film, rejects actual lesbian love (May 2013, 76crimes.com)