Joel Kachi Benson’s first Virtual Reality film is screening at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.
The film titled ‘Daughters of Chibok’ is a story of the April 2014, abduction of over 2oo female students from Government Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State, North-east Nigeria.
Being the first-ever VR film on the infamous Chibok kidnappings, ‘Daughters of Chibok’ centers on Yana Galang, a woman leader in Chibok, whose daughter was among the kidnapped Chibok girls.
The 11-minute short film mirrors Galang’s pain as she hopefully awaits the return of her daughter while struggling to live a normal life as a peasant farmer.
The film is a stark reminder that the traumatic kidnappings of April 2014 are still fresh, and there are women still waiting for their children to be returned.
The film is representing Nigeria and Africa, alongside 12 other Virtual Reality (VR) films selected from around the world.
Updating fans on the screening, said “Live in Venice at the #venicefilmfestival, where our VR documentary #daughtersofchibok is having a world premiere and representing Nigeria and Africa in the festival’s virtual reality category.
“Feels great to be here…standing shoulder to shoulder with some of the best minds in Virtual Reality filmmaker from across the globe at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. We’re here…representing Naija and Africa.”
Benson also explained that the movie was being used to raise funds for the families affected by the Chibok kidnappings.
He said, “From April 14 2014, when the Chibok girls were kidnapped, to date, 33 parents have died as a result of trauma caused by the loss of their children.
“Poverty is added to pain, as most of the mothers of the missing girls are farmers, who can barely scratch enough from the hard Chibok earth to survive and take care of their other children.
“On April 14 2019, to mark the 5th anniversary of the Chibok kidnappings, my team and I released our VR documentary #daughtersofchibok.
In 2018, Benson made his first Virtual Reality film, ‘In Bakassi’, a short film that captures the plight of children living with PTSD in Internally Displaced Persons Camps in the northeast region