Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram

March 4, 2020 (Wednesday) / 7:00 pm

Montgomery Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut Street 

Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram

dir. Gema Atwal, 2018, 60 min.

Stolen Daughters is a recent HBO documentary made about the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls--referred to in the film as the Chibok girls--who were abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014. The film raises questions about how young female survivors of extremist violence must navigate the complicated demands and pressures imposed by government, community, and family as they re-integrate. How does the rhetorical fashioning of survivors along kinship terms (i.e. “our girls,” “our daughters”) by both the government and the filmmakers render the “Chibok girls” as subjects in need of global attention and care? 

Introductions and remarks by Ann Ho (English) and Martine Tchitchihe (Comparative Literature). Post-screening panel discussion with Alyssa Miller (Anthropology, Wolf Humanities Center), Elliot Marcel Montpellier (Anthropology, South Asia Studies), Jacob Myers (English, Cinema and Media Studies), Wazhmah Osman (Media Studies and Production, Temple University), and Leniqueca A. Welcome (Anthropology).

Film series presented by Wolf Humanities Center and Cinema and Media Studies Program and cosponsored by Penn's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Scribe Video Center. Curated by Rahul Mukherjee, Dick Wolf Assistant Professor of Television and New Media Studies, Assistant Professor of English University of Pennsylvania.