‘The Milkmaid’, a movie chronicling the negative impacts of the activities of Boko Haram insurgency on women and children, has hit the cinemas nationwide.
The film, written and directed by Desmond Ovbiagele, was released on November 27. It features Anthonieta Kalunta, Maryam Booth, and Gambo Usman Kona.
Shot in Taraba state, the movie addresses the issues faced by women caught in the upheaval of insurgency in rural Sub-Saharan Africa using the story of Zainab and her sister who were separated by Boko Haram militants.
‘The Milkmaid’ also examines the trauma of internally displaced persons (IDPs) as well as girls forced into early marriage.
“In rural sub-Saharan Africa, Aisha, a Fulani milkmaid, is searching for her younger sister, Zainab. Dire personal circumstances force her to approach the religious militants who were responsible for their separation in the first instance, but she is determined to find her despite the compromises she must make to do so.
“However, her quest to recapture her blithe past proves to be unexpectedly complicated in a world whose festering conflict provides several paths to becoming a victim with typically irreversible consequences.
“The story juxtaposes the colour and elegance of rural Hausa/Fulani culture against a graphic and visceral portrayal of the harrowing ordeal of conflict victims and the personal and societal implications of the resulting psychological trauma.
“The film draws attention to the present plight of real-life victims of militant insurgency in Nigeria (internally displaced persons, IDPs), to generate support for their economic & psychological rehabilitation and social re-integration.
“We also seek to contribute to the ongoing discourse on the threats posed by extremism.”
Below is the trailer of the movie:
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