Samoan actress Anapela Polata’ivao has picked up Best Actress at the International Short Film Festival in Spain for her role in “Night Shift.”
Ms. Polata’ivao is better known as one part of Pani and Pani, her involvement with the Kila Kokonut Krew and as a course director at PIPA.
Ms. Polata’ivao told Pacific Radio News she’s really surprised and had no idea she was even nominated for her portrayal of a cleaner in the short film.
“To be honest it hasn’t really kicked in,” she said.
“I’ve never really won an award before so I have no idea on how to gage what this really means but I am extremely humbled by it and grateful.” Directed by Zia Mandviwalla, ‘Night Shift” looks at the story of Salote, an airport cleaner who starts another long night shift.
She keeps her head down, does her job and gleans her survival from what others leave behind.