Documentary on missing Chibok schoolgirls wins at Venice Film Festival

September 9, 2019
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A documentary by a Nigerian filmmaker on the missing Chibok girls has won an award at the Venice Film Festival.

‘Daughters of Chibok’ won best virtual reality story at the festival’s closing ceremony on Saturday night.

The documentary, which also had its premiere at the festival, 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.”

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