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Daughters of the Niger Delta is an intimate film portrait of three everyday heroines who manage to make ends meet against all odds. As their personal stories unfold, we come to see that the widely ignored environmental pollution in their backyard is not the only human rights violation affecting their lives. It highlights the strength and resilience of ordinary women who have to overcome injustices that we rarely hear about in the news.
Ilse van Lamoen, Nigeria/Netherlands, 56 min
Daughters of the Niger Delta is a bottom-up film production. Instead of bringing in filmmakers to document the lives of these individuals, young women from the heart of the region were equipped with the tools and skills to accomplish it on their own. They were trained in filmmaking as part of a MIND capacity building program entitled FEMSCRIPT. As peer filmmakers, these women were encouraged to share their stories, framing the film’s messages and images. Professional researchers and filmmakers couched the group but the women deserve just as much credit for the end result as the trainers, editors, and director involved in the project.
The 16th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) from October 17-27, 2013 Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University celebrates the power of documentary films dealing with human rights issues, the environment, racism, women’s issues, universal education, war and peace. The theme for this year is INDIVIDUAL TO UNIVERSAL.
INFORMATION & TICKETS: www.unaff.org