Coming out film shot on iPhone was awarded with Turner Prize

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A film created by queer artist Charlotte Prodger that deals with coming out as gay in rural Scotland has won the prestigious Turner Prize. Prodger, who was presented with the £25,000 award on December 4th by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at London’s Tate Britain, said she was touched, honored and overwhelmed to receive such an award. Prodger earned the art award for two of her films that address queer issues, including one, the 33-minute-long Bridgit, which she recorded on her iPhone and is based on fragments from hert personal diary, red out loud by different people. The 44-year-old filmmaker paid tribute to the LGBT community, saying that even though she was telling her own, personal story, she spoke on behalf of millions of LGBT people all over the world who are still hiding because the society makes them feel afraid and ashamed of who they are. The chair of the jury, Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson, said the film “seems to make a lot of points for a younger generation.” Farquharson added: “It deals with gender as unfixed, as something fluid, as something not always conforming to society’s norms.”

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