Daughters of the Niger Delta
Documentary (56 min) • Winner of 3 Awards!
'Daughters of the Niger Delta' tells a different story about the Niger Delta than the usual media reports about oil outputs, conflict, and kidnapping. The film gives a taste of everyday life in the region through the eyes of three ordinary women: Hannah, Naomi, and Rebecca. We see them struggling to build lives of dignity for themselves in the beautiful but pollution-marred Niger Delta wetlands. As their personal stories unfold, we come to see that the widely ignored environmental pollution in their backyard is not the only injustice undermining women's human rights.
‘Daughters of the Niger Delta’ is a bottom-up film production. Rather than bringing in external filmmakers to document the lives of women, young women from the heart of the region were equipped with the tools and skills to do so themselves. They were trained in filmmaking as part of a MIND capacity building program entitled FEMSCRIPT.
It’s time to listen to women’s voices. Their priorities are relevant not just for the Niger Delta, but also for other parts of Nigeria that currently are marred by violence and social unrest.
‘A soul moving, thought provoking and controversial gendered film.’ Hauwa Imam, The Nation
‘Beautifully shot and edited. Despite the pollution, the Niger Delta is still exquisite, and the women’s stories are compelling.’ Carmen McCain, Weekly Trust
‘A film that pays tribute to all women who have faced adversity and triumphed despite the obstacles in their lives'. Sa’adatu Shuaibu, Leadership Newspaper
‘The documentary brings to me memories of Behn Zeitlin's 2012 film "Beasts of the Southern Wild" for its depiction of a people's poverty, only that this is not some far-off fiction but a reality of my country.’ Gimba Kakanda, Premium Times
'This is a documentary that should travel wide and that should be seen by key stakeholders and policymakers.' Shaibu Husseini, Arts & Film Journalist, The Guardian
‘New documentary that's revolutionarizing the way the world sees an African Nation.'Kansas City TV (KCTV)
- Africa World Documentary Film Festival, 8 cities worldwide (Mar-Aug 2014)
- Open Your Eyes/ Opin Yu Yi, Freetown, Sierra Leone (06-03-2014)
- Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, USA (7&11-02-2014)
- London Feminist Film Festival, London, UK (29-11-2013) - AWARD: AUDIENCE FAVORITE
- EKO International Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria (22-11-2013)
- Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), Calabar/TINAPA, Nigeria (15-11-2013)
- United Nations Association Film Festival, SF/East Palo Alto, CA, USA (23-10-2013)
- UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival, Utica NY, USA (18-10-2013)
- UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival, Rome, NY (19-10-2013)
- La Femme Int. Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, USA (19-10-2013) - AWARD: BEST DOCUMENTARY
- Kansas International Film Festival, Kansas KS, USA (10-10-2013)
- Baghdad International Film Festival, Baghdad, Iraq (7-10-2013)
- Abuja International Film Festival, Abuja, Nigeria (26-09-2013) - AWARD: BEST DOCUMENTARY
- Rwanda Film Festival, Kigali, Rwanda (23-07-2013)
- PUFF, Hong Kong (29-06-2013) - SPECIAL MENTION
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