‘Daughters of Chibok’ stole the headlines at Venice Film Festival

Kachi Benson’s film, ‘ Daughters of Chibok, ‘ won the 76th Venice International Film Festival’s best story of virtual reality.

The film is a tale of the April 2014 kidnapping from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria, of 276 female students.

Eventually, 107 of them were freed after talks with government and the terrorists. But there are still 112 missing.

The documentary Virtual Reality (VR), which also had its festival premiere, describes the tale of Yana Galang, whose daughter was among the abducted girls.

Together with 12 other Virtual Reality (VR) movies chosen from all over the globe, ‘ Daughters of Chibok ‘ represented Nigeria and Africa.

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The director of the film, Joel Kachi Benson, said in his speech of acceptance, “With this VR film, all I wanted to do was to take the world to the women of Chibok.

“Who five years after their daughters had been kidnapped, are still living with the incredible pain of their absence.

“I felt it was wrong for us to forget or even doubt and move on,” he said.

Also on his instagram page @kachibenson, Mr Benson, who operates a virtual reality film studios, VR360 in Lagos, expressed more opinions on the prize.

He wrote, “I still can’t believe this. It’s like a dream….our VR film #daughtersofchibok won a Lion Award in the VR category of the Venice biennale!!!!! Somebody tell me it’s a dream!!!!”

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In 2018, Mr Benson produced his first Virtual Reality movie, ‘ In Bakassi, ‘ a short film capturing the plight of kids living with PTSD in North-East Displaced Persons Camps.

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