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European Premiere of Multi-Award-Winning Nigerian Film ‘The Milkmaid’

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Multi-award-winning Nigerian film The Milkmaid will have its European premiere at 2pm Sunday 10th July 2021 at BFI Southbank as part of the BFI African Odysseys programme. This will be followed by a one-off Q&A with Director Desmond Ovbiagele and Executive Producer Oluseun Sowemimo.

The Milkmaid is an unflinching exploration of the detrimental human cost of the religious extremism within Africa. It tells the story of two sisters, Aisha and Zainab, who are abducted from their village on Zainab’s wedding day in a deadly attack. This traumatic encounter alters their path and destroys their relationships, forcing them to fight for their lives and their freedom.

Director Desmond Ovbiagele said: “The religious extremist insurgency that has raged in northern Nigeria for almost a decade has reduced human lives in the consciousness of the general public to mere statistics, typically nameless and voiceless. Inspired by the two Fulani milkmaids depicted on the Nigerian ten naira note, I felt a strong obligation as a filmmaker to harness the considerable tools available within the medium of cinema to help give a voice to those, living or dead, who are not in a position to speak for themselves.”

Starring Anthonieta Kalunta and Maryam Booth and Gambo Usman Kona, The Milkmaid has already garnered critical acclaim, winning five Africa Movie Academy Awards for Best Film, Best Film in an African Language, Best Nigerian Film, Best Supporting Actress and Achievement in Make-Upwith UK and USA release dates to be confirmed.

Visit the BFI website for tickets and more information

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