Monday, 9 September 2019

Nigerian filmmaker Joel Kachi Benson wins award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival

Joel Kachi Benson, a Nigerian filmmaker,  has won an award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival for his documentary, Daughters of Chibok.
Daughters of Chibok, which is a Virtual Reality (VR) based documentary, won The Lion Award for Best VR Story at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on Saturday in Italy. The documentary produced by a Nigerian firm, VR 360, was the only film from Africa selected to compete with 12 others from across the globe.

The documentary features the suffering of mothers since the abduction of their daughters at their school in Chibok by Boko Haram insurgents in 2014.

Accepting the award, the film director, Joel Kachi Benson said he wanted to keep the memory of the Chibok incident alive using VR technology.

He said during his speech: "I stand here today representing my country Nigeria and my continent, Africa as proof that all you need to get there is faith and courage. That is what you need to go out there and tell the stories that matter. With this VR film, all I wanted to do was to take the world to Chibok and show them these women who for five years have been living in pain because their daughters are still missing, I felt it was wrong for the world to just move on and forget."

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