by Nani Walker
Saturday JHC 12pm
Forced is a feature documentary film on three women forced to flee their homes when the dreaded militant group Boko Haram invaded their village in Gwoza, Borno State in northeast Nigeria, and their stories of reconstruction. The women – Ruth, Esther and Saratu – symbolize thousands of girls and women who were abducted, raped and displaced during the decade-long insurgency.
Director Biography – Nani Sahra Walker, Grace Oyenubi
Grace Oyenubi was a senior producer and reporter in broadcast television in Nigeria for the past 15 years. She is passionate about human interest stories, especially those related to women and children. Her documentaries on illegal migration and human trafficking, filmed in Spain and Nigeria, draws attention to the risks of migration under the hope of a “better life.”
Grace studied journalism at the University of Jos in Nigeria and holds a Master’s in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She was an editor on the 2017 Student Academy Award-winning documentary “Hale.” Grace is a member of the National Association of Black Journalism and International Documentary Association.
Nani Walker is a documentary filmmaker, journalist and educator. Her work includes projects for The Atlantic, BBC, Guardian, SF Chronicle, AJ+, Gizmodo and other media outlets, educational institutions, foundations, companies, and independent documentaries.
She has collaborated on productions that have won prestigious awards, including the Student Academy Award, MTV Music Video Award, and commercial projects placed among the ten most highly valued in “Ads of the World.” Nani graduated with a Master’s of Journalism from UC Berkeley.