Venice Film Festival rewards Nigerian Chibok Girls’ Movie

‘Daughters of Chibok’ a film by Kechi Benson has won best virtual reality at the 7th Venice International Film Festival.

The documentary tells the story of Yana Galang, whose daughter was among the 276 girls kidnapped in April 2014 from their school dormitory in Chibok, Northeast Nigeria.

“When the story broke out years ago, there was a lot of talk about it. Some people thought it was fake; others thought it was political. I guess my original reason for making this film was curiosity,” said Benson Kechi, the movie director.

On the night of 14-15 April 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from a Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria.

Responsibility for the kidnapping was claimed by Boko Haram, an extremist terrorist organisation based in north eastern Nigeria.

57 of the schoolgirls managed to escape over the next few months and some have described their capture in international conferences.

Newspaper reports suggested that Boko Haram was hoping to use the girls as negotiating pawns in exchange for some of their commanders in jail.

In May 2016, one of the missing girls, Amina Ali was found. She claimed that the remaining girls were still out there but that six had died.

A further 21 girls were freed in October, 2016 while another was rescued the next month.

Another was found in January 2017. One of the girls was rescued in January, 2018.

Kechi Benson in his remarks at the Venice Film Festival said he found it difficult to believe that non of the parents has received any form of help since the incident.

“Not therapy, not psycho social support, nothing,” he said.

Parents of the Chibok girls, Nigeria

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