A Nigerian filmmaker, Joel Kachi Benson has won`The Lion Award’ for best VR story at the 2019 Venice film Festival.
He won the award with his work titled `Daughters of Chibok’.
Benson shared his victory on his Instagram handle.
The film producer said: “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.”
“When my name was announced as the winner and I walked up on stage, it was the most surreal thing ever! Almost like an out of body experience. But I knew this was an opportunity to remind the world that Chibok is still here and the story doesn’t have an ending yet. And so we must not forget,” he said in an interview.
Benson said he wanted to use the film to create awareness on the plight of the Chibok mothers who are still waiting for their daughters’ return.
He added that they also want to provide modern farming tools to help the women sustain their farms and create a decent standard of living.
“I know it will never replace a missing child, but it will make a hard life just a little easier,”
According to Benson, the crew spent several days in the small village of Galang in Borno State speaking to families of those affected by Boko Haram abductions.
The film is an immersive storytelling style that gives the audience a chance to feel and see what the characters in the story are experiencing through virtual reality.