Thursday, 23 February 2017

Patience Ozokwor, Segun Arinze, Shawn Faqua, Star In ‘ZAHRA’ Set to hit CINEMAS THIS MARCH!

The great elder statesman Nelson Mandela once said ‘There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children’. This rings true especially as it relates to the girl-child in IDP camps in Nigeria. In the light of this,

Rise Up’s Champions for Change, a social advocacy group set up to improve the reproductive, maternal, newborn, adolescent, and child health for women and their families in Sub-saharan Africa, with funding from the Ford Foundation, have partnered with one of Nigeria’s foremost film production companies, Royal Arts Academy to produce the touching and emotional film ‘Zahra’.

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Zahra is the movie about a young 15 year old girl in Northern Nigeria who goes through the harrowing experience of having her village attacked and her family killed by marauding terrorists. She ends up in an IDP camp where she hopes to find refuge to grieve the loss of her family and dreams but alas that was not to be as she discovers the IDP turns out to be another type of hell.

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How she strives to overcome the squalor, hoarding and theft of food and medical supplies, violence by gangs within the camp, sexual harassment and temptations of prostitution etc are all explored in the film.  In a chat with the producer she stated; ‘This is a very important message we wish to pass across especially at a time like this with the rise in the numbers of refugees and internally displaced people in the world.

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Film is a very powerful medium and once in a while it is important to use it to shine a torch on some of the injustices going on in our society, with a view to eradicating them. I hope we have been able to do so with this film’.

The movie stars Kannywood’s Sani Danja,Nollywood’s Patience Ozokwor, Victor Olaotan, Shawn Faqua, Nicole Ndigwe, Funmi Eko-Ezeh and many more.

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Segun Arinze

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Shawn Faqua

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Victor Olaotan

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Patience Ozorkwo

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Emem Isong

Produced by award winning producer Emem Isong and directed by Chris Eneaji,
‘Zahra’ will be screened in cinemas (limited release) on March 10th 2017.

See the Official trailer below..

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