I Wanted to Take the World to Chibok – Kachi Benson
By Dipo Omoware
Nigerian filmmaker, Joel Kachi Benson said he wanted to take the world to Chibok with his Virtual Reality (VR) film ‘Daughters of Chibok’.
The short documentary won a Lion Award at the 76th Venice International Film Festival for ‘Best VR Immersive Story For Linear Content’. Benson’s film was the only film from Africa in the category.
Receiving his award at the closing ceremony of the festival, a shy Benson said he wanted the world to remember what happened in Chibok five years ago.
“I stand here today representing my country Nigeria and my continent Africa as proof that all you need to get up there is faith and courage to go out there and tell the stories that matter. With this VR film, all I wanted to do was take the world to Chibok and show them these women who for five years have been living in pain because their daughters are still missing. I felt it was wrong for the world to just move on and forget.”
He also took the time to appreciate everyone who worked with him to make the project a success and dedicated the award to Iyana Galang, the protagonist of the 11-minute documentary.
“I would like to thank everyone who has worked with me on this journey… I dedicate this award to the woman in the story, Iyana, who opened her heart and her door and allowed me to come in and shared her story with me. Because of this award, the world would hear again about Chibok and remember. Thank you.”
The Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world and also the first A-list film festival to celebrate and recognise films made using Virtual Reality (VR) technology.