NOLLYWOOD filmmakers will be unveiling a documentary about the abduction of the Chibok girls titled Waiting for Hassana in the US today in what is expected to become the first showing of a potential blockbuster.
According to Adam Segal, a representative of The 2050 Group, the short documentary will debut at the prestigious Sundance International Film Festival. Waiting for Hassana is a powerful short documentary directed by Ifunanya Maduka and produced by Uzodinma Iweala and Ifunanya Maduka.
Mr Segal said: “Waiting for Hassana will premiere at the Sundance International Film Festival on January 20, 2017. The short documentary tells the story of the Chibok abductions from a single perspective, a voice of one of the 57 escapees.
“The film was shot over the course of 2016 in Nigeria by acclaimed Nigerian cinematographer, Victor Okhai. Nnamdi Asomugha, a Nigerian-American and former NFL cornerback turned producer, is the primary backer and executive producer on the project, while gallerist Edward Tyler Nahem and philanthropists Ann and Andrew Tisch, are also executive producers.”
With 46,660 attendees in 2016, Sundance is the largest independent film festival in the US. Held in January in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, as well as at the Sundance Resort, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers.
Mr Maduka added: “This contained and intimate film introduces a new point of entry into the Chibok kidnappings. We know the global story and now we hear the personal one.
“As the director, my aim was to visually and sonically plunge audiences into the psychological and emotional landscape of our subject. My hope is that audiences will leave feeling inextricably linked to her life and her story, that it will become as much their story as it is hers.”
He pointed out that Waiting for Hassana is the result of a team of Nigerians dedicated to telling our own stories to ourselves and the world. It is not yet clear when the film will be shown in Nigeria, Europe and the rest of the world yet.