Although it is billed for a summer release in Nigeria, Stephanie Linus’ highly anticipated movie, Dry, has clinched the award for “Best Protagonist” at the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) in Arkansas, U.S.
Announcing the win on her blog, Stephanie Daily, the actor/director said she was surprised at the win, and hoped this award was the first of many to come.
“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”, she wrote on the blog.
Dry is a socially aware movie that tells the story of a thirteen-year-old girl, Halima, whose poor uneducated parents marry her off to a 60 year old man, who constantly rapes her. Halima gets pregnant and suffers Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) after child delivery; she’s consequently abandoned by her husband and discriminated against in the society. Things start to change however, when Halima meets a medical doctor who also suffered a horrific childhood.
The movie was directed by Stephanie Linus, and stars Zubaida Ibrahim, Stephanie Linus, Liz Benson and Olu Jacobs.
To refresh your memory, you can watch the trailer here.