In Bakassi to Screen at Hot Docs Film Festival
9 April 2019
Joel Benson’s virtual reality documentary ‘In Bakassi’ has been added to the lineup of the largest documentary festival in North America, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival.
‘In Bakassi’ tells harrowing tales from one of the most populated Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in northeast Nigeria, Maiduguri. A first of its kind virtual reality production to gain international screening at the 2018 Cairo International Film Festival, its selection at this year’s Hot Docs marks a huge milestone for Benson.
Produced in 2018, the documentary has been receiving great reviews at international festivals for its heart-rending capture of the struggles of survivors of the Boko Haram terror in the northeast region.
Last month, ‘In Bakassi’ was screened at the African Hub of the Berlin International Film Festival, Social Media Week Lagos, and more recently the Africa Tech Summit in Kigali.
In a letter addressed to the filmmaker, Hot Docs’ Senior Programming Coordinator and International Programmer Gabor Pertic congratulated the filmmaker on “a great piece that you made”.
The annual festival will kick off on April 25 to close on May 5 in Toronto, Canada.