In­ter­na­tional suc­cess for ‘Noni’

CityPress - - News - – Ntombizodwa Makhoba

Khabon­ina Qubeka couldn’t be­lieve her eyes when an email popped into her in­box in­form­ing her that she had won the In­die Spirit Best Ac­tress gong at the Bos­ton In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val this week. Qubeka, whose star­ring role as Dora in the film Dora’s Peace, thought: “This can’t be me!” Now she is set to be seen on more in­ter­na­tional screens this week when the film is shown at the Beijing In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. Qubeka (36), who plays the role of Noni Zamdela on SABC3’s Isidingo, says she only be­lieved she won af­ter the film’s di­rec­tor and pro­ducer, Kosta Kalary­tis, sent her a pic­ture of an award bag. So, is there any money in the bag? She laughs: “I don’t know, we’ll see.”

Qubeka’s sec­ond movie, called She is King, will be out in June.

In Dora’s Peace, Qubeka plays a Hill­brow sex worker who shields a gifted young boy from vi­o­lence.

“I’m happy that it was my first movie and it re­ceived a great re­cep­tion. I feel like it’s go­ing to be a movie that will live on,” she says. But she is sad that it’s only abroad where film buffs are giving her recog­ni­tion.

“Some­times, I do wish I was re­ceiv­ing the same love from home. But at home there’s too much pol­i­tics that comes with it,” she says.

Qubeka says she learnt from the film that she should stop judg­ing peo­ple for the de­ci­sions they’ve made. “A sex worker is not only some­one on a street cor­ner, but can be any­one. When I was do­ing my re­search, I dis­cov­ered that even a woman who has a nine-to-five job can be a sex worker af­ter work to make ex­tra money.”

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