Friday 29 November 6.30 pm
Daughters of the Niger Delta + short
+ panel discussion with Sarah Maguire (Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme; directly witnessed the film’s capacity to spark dialogue at the grassroots), Jenny Chika Okafor (President, Nigerian Women’s Leadership Forum), Carron Mann (Policy Manager, Women for Women International), Betty Makoni (Founder and CEO, Girl Child Network Worldwide), and Antonia Adebisi Adebowale (Nigerian Women in Diaspora UK). Chaired by Simi Dosekun (Nigerian feminist pursuing a PhD in Culture, Media, and Creative Industries at King’s College London).
For Grandmother (Para Kay Ama) EUROPEAN PREMIERE
Relyn A. Tan / Philippines / 2012 / 23 mins / English, Filipino, and Mandarin with English subtitles
Daughters of the Niger Delta EUROPEAN PREMIERE
Ilse van Lamoen / Nigeria / 2012 / 56 mins / English and Pidgin with English subtitles
This session will start with the European premiere of Relyn A. Tan’s award-winning short drama For Grandmother (Para Kay Ama). This film tells the story of Hannah, a young Chinese-Filipino, as she deals with a family event. We get an interesting glimpse into how female Chinese-Filipinos are treated as inferior to males. The film was remarkably filmed in just one single shot. It has been well received, winning three awards at the 14th Ateneo Video Open film competition including Best Screenplay, Best Production Design, and Best Narrative Short Film.
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 working 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 capacity building program called FEMSCRIPT and the result is very successful.
The film touches on themes of child marriage, bride price, the importance of women in decision making, widows’ rights, and how women united can be strong.
The film has won Best Documentary Award at La Femme International Film Festival and at Abuja International Film Festival, and a Special Mention at the Pineapple Underground Film Festival.
“beautifully shot and edited. Despite the pollution, the Niger Delta is still exquisite, and the women’s stories are compelling. … an important and thought-provoking piece that personalizes our understanding of the Niger Delta.” Carmen McCain, Weekly Trust.
Daughters of the Niger Delta trailer