An exclusive screening titled “AN EVENING WITH THE MILKMAID” will hold at Terra Kulture on Sunday, January 10, 2021, at 5.00 pm, with the Honorable Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as the special guest of honour, and Bright Okpocha a.k.a. Basketmouth as event compere.
In December 2020, The Milkmaid was announced by the 12-member Nigeria Official Selection Committee (NOSC) as Nigeria’s representative to the 93rd Oscars in the category of Best International Feature Film, following a statutory vetting and subsequent voting of entries received from Nigerian filmmakers at home and abroad.
Written, produced and directed by Desmond Ovbiagele, The Milkmaid is a Hausa language-based thriller spotlighting insurgency and extremism, primarily as they affect women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Technically crafted to the highest international cinematic standards, the film showcases Nigeria’s topography’s natural beauty such as the Mambilla Plateau in Taraba state, while highlighting the richness of the subregion’s colourful Hausa and Fulani cultures.
Starring Maryam Booth, Anthonieta Kalunta, Gambo Usman Kona and a US-based Nigerian surgeon Dr Oluseun Sowemimo as its Executive Producer, the film follows Aisha, a Fulani milkmaid, searching for the whereabouts of her younger sister, Zainab after a forced separation. Dire personal circumstances force her to approach the extremists responsible for their predicament in the first instance. The movie paints a beautiful picture of her determination to find her sister despite the compromises she must make in the process. However, her quest to recapture her serene past proves to be unexpectedly complicated in a world whose seething conflict provides several paths to becoming a victim with typically irreversible consequences.
The Milkmaid received eight nominations at the 16th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in December 2020, winning five awards for Best Film, Best Supporting Actress, Best Nigerian Film, Best Film in an African Language, and Achievement in Make-up.
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