“The Lucky Specials” has been accepted into two international film festivals, the Toronto Black Film Festival and the Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou, known as FESPACO.
“The Lucky Specials” was the closing film of the Toronto Black Film Festival, screened on February 19 to a packed audience. The Toronto Black Film Festival is “dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world.” Black films and filmmakers from around the world have been recognized at the festival.
At FESPACO – which took place Feb. 24-Mar. 4 – the film won Best Poster, Best Décor and the SIGNIS Award. The non-profit SIGNIS, which seeks to promote peace through media, selected “The Lucky Specials” for the award because “the film is filled with human and social values of family and community solidarity. It directs the viewer towards a future open to hope and perseverance.” Director Rea Rangaka was there to accept the award. In addition to FESPACO, SIGNIS distributes this award at some of the most highly regarded film festivals in the world, including Cannes, Berlin and Venice.