The US-based Accolade Film, Television, New Media and Videography Awards Competition is not a traditional film festival, but a unique completion that offers awards to “filmmakers, television producers, videographers and new media creators who produce fresh, standout productions”.
It describes itself as “a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices… It recognizes producers, established and emerging, who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity.”
“Difficult Love”, the acclaimed documentary on the work and world of Black lesbian visual activist and photographer Zanele Muholi, has recently won an Accolade Award of Excellence in this prestigious competition. Commissioned by SABC 2 and broadcast a year ago, the film has now been seen in close to fifty film festivals worldwide, winning awards at seven of them, the latest being Audience Awards at the Africa in the Picture Film Festival in the Netherlands and the 2012 Women’s Film Festival held in Malmo, Sweden.
The documentary, produced by Peter Goldsmid and co-directed by Goldsmid and Muholi, offers a moving and insightful celebration of the common humanity and “difficult love” of those so often condemned as “other” or “unAfrican”. Goldsmid and Muholi are currently developing a follow-up on “corrective rape” that promises to be even more compelling.