The selection was officially announced on December 1, 2020, by the NOSC, headed by a filmmaker and education administrator, Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi. Written, produced, and directed by Desmond Ovbiagele, the film is a Hausa language-based thriller spotlighting insurgency and extremism, especially as they affect women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The film, which recently garnered eight nominations at the 2020 Africa Movie Academy Awards, narrates the story of a Fulani milkmaid who confronts extremists in a rural African community in a quest to locate her missing sister, and details how efforts to recapture her disrupted past became complicated. While entertaining sensitises and facilitates insights into the predicament of victims of insurgency, especially women and children, thereby contributing to ongoing efforts aimed at eradicating extremism from the society.
Technically crafted to the highest international cinematic standards, The Milkmaid showcases the natural beauty of Nigeria’s topography such as the Mambilla Plateau in Taraba state, while highlighting the richness of the subregion’s colourful Hausa and Fulani cultures. US-based Nigerian surgeon, Oluseun Sowemimo, is credited as the Executive Producer of the film.