Atlanta Teen Wins “2016 Best Film” at Delta Sigma Theta Sorority International Film Festivalby GDN Shared Post May 13, 2016
Atlanta – Fathers Incorporated and Black Rose Mediaworks is pleased to announce that its recent documentary; “A Queen’s Discovery: A Young Girl’s African Journey To Find Her Greatness Within” co-produced by 16-year old Nzinga Braswell, has been awarded “2016 Best Film”. The award was given by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s (Atlanta Alumnae Chapter) International Film Festival on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Actress and AIDS activist, Sheryl Lee Ralph, was the 2016 Ambassador for the Delta Sigma Theta International Film Festival! Also, donations to help the students of Africa continue with their schooling are being raised by producer Nzinga Braswell via her Go Fund Me Page.
The film follows Fathers Incorporated’s 2015 LEAP mission trip to Africa from the perspective of 16-year-old Nzinga Anasa Braswell. Her journey to the country as a first time visitor gives her a unique comparison between her black American experience as a youth and what she discovered in Africa.
As a result of Nzinga’s travel she has committed to raising funds for the Nikki Giovanni Scholarship Fund. The scholarship provides financial assistance for qualified students to attend secondary school; pays for tuition, boarding, travel, book, and other school related fees. WWE Superstar wrestler Titus O’Neil was one of the first to commit to donating to Nzinga’s campaign at the agency’s gala in Atlanta. “We must give back and giving to our youth makes my heart smile, I love what Nzinga is doing and I wish her nothing but success,” stated O’Neil.
“I am excited to receive this award and finally share my journey with the rest of the world. I realize that my experience in Africa was life changing and impactful. I believe those who see the film will also feel the same way, refreshed and ready to make a change. However, I am more excited about helping these students achieve their academic goals and by raising these funds I know I will be able to send these well-deserved students to secondary school,” says Nzinga.
The Delta Sigma Theta International Film Festival was created to support Delta’s global initiatives and to promote cross-cultural awareness within the Atlanta community. The proceeds from the event will benefit children who are orphaned by HIV and AIDS at The Delta House in Swaziland, Southern Africa, and provide scholarships for students at Morehouse College pursuing an International Education.
You can purchase the documentary at www.fistoreonline.com or donate directly to Nzinga’s work at www.gofundme.com/queensdiscovery. Nzinga and her dad are planning a 10 city tour in July to promote the documentary and raise the necessary funds to send at least 10 young women in the Konko Village of Ghana to secondary school. Nzinga is also looking for sponsors to help support the 10-city tour.
Nzinga Braswell is 17-years old and is currently a junior at North Springs Charter High School in Atlanta, GA. In addition to the Good Hearts Club, she is a Manager for the Varsity Basketball team and is currently working with her school to establish a Step Team that will compete through the Georgia Steppers League. Upon graduation in 2017, Nzinga plans to attend college and pursue her dream of becoming a Medical Examiner. •