Joel Kachi Benson: Nigerian wins prize for documentary on Chibok girls

Joel Kachi Benson: Nigerian wins prize for documentary on Chibok girls

- Joel Kachi Benson, a Nigerian filmmaker, has won the Lion Award for Best Story at the 2019 Venice Festival for his documentary on Chibok school girls

- The documentary explores the pains and suffering the parents of the abducted school girls have been subjected to

- Benson said he had a surreal experience when he was announced as the winner of the prize and had to walk to the stage

A Nigerian, Joel Kachi Benson, has won the Lion Award for Best Story at the 2019 Venice Festival for his documentary on the Chibok school girls that were kidnapped by the Boko Haram insurgent group.

His documentary focused on the painful but important story of the abducted girls and what they have had to go through.

During his acceptance speech for the award, Benson said he felt it is important to tell the story of the girls and the pain their parents have had to endure as a result of their absence.

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He said it is wrong for everybody to forget about them and move on like nothing really ever happened.

"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,” he said.

When speaking with CNN, he said he had an out-of-the world experience when he was announced as the winner and had to walk to the stage. He said that despite the way he felt walking up the stage, he just wanted to remind the world that the experience is still there and unresolved.

"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.

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In talking about the suffering that the women of Chibok face, Samira Mohammed, the associate producer of the documentary, said they rely on ancient farming tools which limit their ability to fend through farming.

Benson also said that a shocking thing he discovered was that the parents had not received any form of support since the horrible incident.

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Above all, the winner of the Venice Film Festival award said he is using the movie as a means to create awareness for the victims of the kidnap and those still awaiting the return of their daughters.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Oby Ezekwesili, the co-convener of Bring Back Our Girl campaign, condemned the federal government's inability to rescue the Chibok girls since their abduction.

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