The story of a group of Chibok, Nigeria-based schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 by the violent Islamic movement Boko Haram are the subject of an forthcoming film headed to HBO Documentary Films this fall.
Produced in partnership with BBC2 and ARTE France, Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped By Boko Haram tells the story of the girls’ time in captivity and follows their lives over the past year since their release.
Granted exclusive access to the freed girls who reside in a government safe house in the Nigerian capitol of Abuja, the film shows how these young women are adapting to life after their harrowing experience and how the Nigerian government is handling their re-entry into society. Stolen Daughters also chronicles the girls’ reunions with family who they have not seen since they were kidnapped, as well as them processing their traumatic ordeal through schooling and counselling.
Stolen Daughters showcases how the group of girls, known as “The Chibok Girls”, are required to live in a protected environment, where contact with the outside world is severely limited, and documents the girls as they move on to a residential, government-supported program at the American University of Nigeria.
The “Chibok Girls” fate is far different from the thousands of other women and girls taken by Boko Haram, who are known as the “Forgotten Girls.” Where Boko Haram still lurks in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, some of these girls’ share their disturbing stories of their abduction, treatment by the terrorists and their escape from captivity. Their ordeal isn’t over once they’ve escaped, many live in poor conditions in slums and refugee camps, abandoned by the Nigerian state, they are determined to tell their story and move forward with their lives.
Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram is directed and produced by Karen Edwards, directed by Gemma Atwal, executive produced by Fiona Stourton; and executive produced for BBC This World by Sam Bagnall. For HBO, the executive producer on the project is Nancy Abraham.