Stephanie’s Linus’ movie “DRY” has won an award at the Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment’s inaugural Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) in Arkansas, U.S. for “Best Protagonist”. Stephanie was absent, however, the film’s co-producer/editor Jane Lawalata picked up the award.
The movie which was directed by Stephanie Linus and stars Stephanie Okereke, Liz Benson, William McNamara, Darwin Shaw and Paul Sambo is an inspired true story based on a young girl Stephanie met in Nigeria many years ago, Aisha.
DRY journeys into heart-wrenching details of a culture not too many films dare to explore. The movie follows a trail of Zara’s (played by Stephanie Linus) trip to Africa, her constant turmoil as a result of inexplicable horrors from her child hood, her experiences and heartaches while working with young girls suffering from complications from early child birth as child brides, against the backdrop of a rich African culture. It is full of intrigue, suspense, unbelievable surprises, the joy of reconciliation and the power of the human spirit that is guaranteed to captivate and engage movie enthusiast.
An excited Stephanie shared the good news on her blog:
” This came as a complete surprise. I am excited and honored that the Bentonville Film Festival picked my film for a screening, let alone an award. I am looking forward to this film touching the hearts of many more and helping people take action to save the child bride. I am also hopeful that there will be more awards to come.”
The festival was hosted by Nick Cannon and it was a star-studded event. The Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) is founded by Academy Award Winner Geena Davis and Trevor Drinkwater. The Festival will seek to provide ongoing turnkey mass distribution opportunities for women and minority owned production companies and independent content creators.
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