The Chibok kidnap of 2014, wherein more than 200 schoolgirls where whisked away by militant group Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Borno, has transcended beyond tragedy and has become a fuel for filmmaking, documentaries, literature, art, etc.
Joel Kachi Benson’s short documentary Daughters of Chibok is one of such, based on the saga that commemorated its fifth anniversary this year. The 11-minute long film sees Rifkatu’s mother narrating how she got married at a young age, had eight children, one of whom was Rifkatu, who was kidnapped alongside other girls while in school.
Now the film will be screened at 76th Venice International Film Festival. Representing Nigeria and Africa in the category, Daughters of Chibok joins other VR movies from countries including France, China, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Italy, Taiwan, and Israel. The films will be judged by an international jury who will determine the winners for Best VR, Best VR Experience for Interactive Content and Best VR Story for Linear Content awards respectively.
This year’s 76th Venice International Film Festival is slated to hold on 28 August – 7 September in Venice, Italy.