Joel Kachi Benson, a Nigerian filmmaker has won the Lion Award for his virtual reality documentary, Daughters of Chibok at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on Saturday in Italy.
The documentary produced in Nigeria by the firm, VR360, was the only film from Africa selected to compete with 12 others from across the world.
Accepting the award for the documentary which features the suffering of the mothers since the abduction of their daughters at their school in Chibok by Boko Haram insurgents in 2014, the film director, Joel Kachi Benson said he wanted to keep the memory of the Chibok incident alive using Virtual Reality (VR) technology.
In his speech, he said: “I stand here today representing my country Nigeria and my continent, Africa as proof that all you need to get there is faith and courage.
He added: “With this VR film, all I wanted to do was to 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.”
Benson, who runs a virtual reality film studios, VR360, in Lagos, Nigeria told CNN that the decision to make the film was born out of curiosity to find out more about the infamous kidnappings for himself and that he would use the film to make life better by providing modern farming tools to help the families of the kidnap victims and create a decent standard of living.
“I know it will never replace a missing child, but it will make a hard life just a little easier,” Benson told CNN.