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Special Envoy: Of liberation, social justice and protest

The documentary ‘Special Envoy’ by Nalini Elvino de Souza based on the life of Aquino de Braganca, a Goan who fought for the liberation of Africa, wins prestigious award in Accolade Global Film competition

06th December 2018, 02:00 Hrs


This was the first prize and I am thrilled it was in the category of liberation, social Justice, protest, because that is what the film is about,” says Nalini Elvino de Sousa, director and producer of the documentary ‘Special Envoy’ which is based on the life of Aquino de Braganca, a Goan who played a pivotal role in Mozambique’s struggle for independence. 

The film is about an unlikely yet indelible friendship forged between two opposite characters - an Indian Intellectual and Journalist-and an African male nurse. This friendship would change the course of History and forge the guiding path for their followers. In 1986 death claims them both in a tragic accident – a case yet to be solved. 

For Gasper D’souza, this film was an exciting project as the editor. “The sheer amount of archives and file formats made it challenging. Then there was the creative fun of working with Nalini to tell the story of a historical figure about whom not many knew,” he deliberates.   

The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry.   

In winning an Accolade, Lotus Film & TV Production joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including the Oscar winning production of The Lady in Number Six by Malcolm Clarke, the very talented Dave Bossert of Disney for his short documentary, The Tunes Behind The Toons, Hollywood industry veteran Ron Howard for When You Find Me and Highwire Films Australia for their popular ABC TV series twenty something.   

Rick Prickett, who chairs The Accolade Global Film Competition, says: “The Accolade is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The Accolade helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of ‘The Accolade’ is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”   

(Special Envoy will have a last screening before the end of the year at Goa Art and Literary Festival (GALF) on December 7 at 10am at Abolim hall, International Centre Goa, Dona Paula in the presence of the director)

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