Four years ago, Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram rose to notoriety after kidnapping 276 young girls from their school hostel in Chibok, Benue State. Since then, they've gone on to carry out more unspeakable crimes, many of them against women.
Now, a dramatic thriller, inspired by this menace, has just gone into post-production. The movie, titled Rise, is inspired by the real-life conflict between Nigerians and the Boko Haram insurgency.
The film follows an 18-year-old Nigerian princess (played by Black Panther's Sasha Morfaw) who allows herself to be kidnapped by Boko Haram in an attempt to save her younger sister. She eventually goes head-to-head with the group’s dangerous leader (Claws' Jimmy Jean-Louis).
Rise was co-written and directed by Maritte Go, a Filipino-US filmmaker, and is her debut feature film. She says about the movie:
"As a victim of violence and a woman of colour, I have always dreamt of making a film that empowers women and incites change.
This is a story very close to my heart and in times like this I hope to make an impact with this film."
Rise, which was shot in Los Angeles and Ghana, also stars GLOW's Sydelle Noel and 300's Peter Mensah. The movie is slated for a 2019 release.