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South African Actress Terry Pheto was Awarded Best Actress at the British Urban Film Festival

The actress took home the award for her role in the feature film, 'Faces'.

South African actress Terry Pheto continues to fly the country's flag high. The talented star, whose taken on roles in films such as Tsotsi (2005), How To Steal 2 Million (2012), Cuckold (2015), and several others, including an appearance on the popular soap opera, The Bold and The Beautiful (2011). Pheto won Best Supporting Actress at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2012 for her role on How To Steal 2 Million. More recently, the actress was awarded Best Actress for her role in the feature film, Faces, at this year's British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) held in London. Faces also took home the award for Best Feature Film according to MSN News.


Speaking about the glorious moment, Pheto said that, "I'm elated that my talent not only continues to cross borders but is recognized among the best on international platforms. Thanking her Faces team, the actress added that,"It's an honor to be part of such an important and celebrated project. There is nothing more inspiring than knowing that people are watching your work and they feel that you deserve acknowledgement." Pheto, however, received her award in absentia as she is currently a jury member for the 92nd Academy Awards and had obligations in that regard.

The award-winning Faces, which was directed by British-Nigerian filmmaker, Joseph A. Adesunloye, told the compelling stories of four different characters and detailed how their respective lives were unraveling. The film had its world premiere earlier this year at the Durban international Film Festival (DIFF).

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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