Many creatives have tried to document the kidnapped Chibok girls event of 2014, from Uzodinma Iweala’s 2017 short doc Waiting for Hassana, a harrowing account of one girl’s escape from captivity and a heart-wrenching lament for her closest friend Hassana, to Uche Aguh’s 2016 short film with the on-the-nose title Sambisa. American cable company HBO even rendered its own input through a documentary film titled Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram, produced in partnership with BBC2 and ARTE France and tells the story of the girls’ time in captivity and follows their lives over the past year since their release.
Furthermore, our literary space is exploding with Boko Haram literature, from Helon Habila’s The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnapping & Islamic Militancy in Nigeria to Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani’s latest novel Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree. In the new feature-length movie from Robert Peters and Rogers Ofime titled MakeRoom, the sprawling violence of the dangerous terrorist group Book Haram is retold in Nigeria’s northeastern region. The trailer, released recently, ripples with violence and panic. It opens with a newscaster on CNN reporting on the deadly operations of Boko Haram, and the invasion of school where people are shot and girls are dragged away.
The movie is rendered in Hausa but subtitled in English, and features top Kannywood stars like Sani Muazu, Rekiya Attah, Uzee Usman and Yakubu Mohammed, followed by a supporting cast of Adams Garba, Asabe Madake, Abba Zakky and Abubakar Maina. MakeRoom is scheduled for screening in 2019.