‘Daughters of Chibok’, Joel Kachi Benson’s first Virtual Reality film is screening at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.
The film is a story of the April 2014 abduction of 276 female students from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria.
The film is representing Nigeria and Africa, alongside 12 other Virtual Reality (VR) films selected from around the world.
‘Daughters of Chibok’, which is the first VR film on the infamous Chibok kidnappings, centers on Yana Galang, a woman leader in Chibok, whose daughter was among the kidnapped Chibok girls.
The film is a stark reminder that the traumatic kidnappings of April 2014 are still fresh, and there are women still waiting for their children to be returned.
The 11-minute short film mirrors Galang’s pain as she hopefully awaits the return of her daughter while struggling to live a normal life as a peasant farmer.