Daughters of the Niger Delta
Documentary (55:30 min)
Daughters of the Niger Delta is an intimate film portrait of three everyday heroines who manage to make ends meet against all odds. As their personal stories unfold, we come to see that the widely ignored environmental pollution in their backyard is not the only human rights issue affecting their lives.
The film radically differs from the usual media reports about oil outputs, conflict, and kidnapping. It gives a taste of everyday life in the Niger Delta through the eyes of three ordinary women: Hannah, Naomi & Rebecca. Their struggle to survive in the delta's beautiful but pollution-marred wetlands confronts us with the human impact of corporate irresponsibility, gender injustice, and failing government service delivery.
Strength & Resilience
The stories of Hannah, Naomi, and Rebecca are sobering as well as uplifting. They shed light on day-to-day injustices that we rarely hear about in the news. But they also highlight women's strength and resilience. Despite the hardship affecting their lives, the filmed women are determined to give their children a better future. Women may be the best captains to navigate the Niger Delta out of its troubled waters – if only they were given the chance.
It's time to listen to women’s voices. Their priorities are relevant not only for the Niger Delta, but also for other parts of Nigeria that currently are marred by violence and social unrest. Women's experiences can enrich the policy discourse - if only we are willing to listen.
The footage for this film was captured by nine young women from the heart of the region. They were trained in filmmaking as part of a MIND capacity building program entitled FEMSCRIPT. Giving women a chance to frame their own stories was considered crucial in the Niger Delta context, where key players in the crisis claim to fight on behalf of the Niger Delta people while merely filling their own pockets. Read More: Peer Filmmaking