Official Trailer Released for “The Milkmaid,” Bringing Attention to the Traumatizing Effects of Insurgency on Women and Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa

Official Trailer Released for “The Milkmaid,” Bringing Attention to the Traumatizing Effects of Insurgency on Women and Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa


NEW YORK, United States, August 13th, 2019, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/-  Filmmakers Desmond Ovbiagele and Danono Media have officially released the trailer for their full-length film, “The Milkmaid”. It sheds light on the issues faced by women caught in the upheaval of militant insurgency in rural Sub-Saharan Africa.

Milkmaid Village

“The Milkmaid” is an African story, crafted in a way that delves deep beneath the surface, bringing to the forefront relevant issues that are meant to entice all to action. It is carefully told with both fragility and dignity,” Ovbiagele said.

He partnered with members of the Nigerian diaspora, including New Jersey based surgeon Dr. Oluseun Sowemimo, the film’s executive’s producer.

“Being a part of this project has been a transformative and awe-inspiring journey. As an African in the diaspora, I cannot simply watch without being moved and led to act on the issues brought to light in this film,” Sowemimo said.

Milkmaid- Colorful Women walking

The film was shot last year on location in Taraba State, North East Nigeria. It is a Hausa-language drama about two sisters, whose lives are shattered by an insurgency and gender-based violence. It features established and new talent, including well known sensation Maryam Booth from Kannywood, the budding Hausa-language film industry spun off from Nollywood, based in Kano, Nigeria.

“The Milkmaid” aims to highlight the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Agenda through six key Sustainable Development Goals, with a defined focus on Goal 5, ‘Gender Equality’. The film reflects on the need for an integrated approach to achieve all the goals, in order to reduce conflict and other effects of violent extremism, especially as it pertains to women and gender equality. The film will be screened at the United Nations in New York, as well as at regional and country level agencies in Sub Saharan Africa.

Milkmaid- Aicha Dangana

The trailer for the film can be viewed on “The Milkmaid” Website . Follow “The Milkmaid” on Twitter , Instagram and Facebook for updates on future screenings at the United Nations, international film festivals and other high-level events.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Baobab Consulting.

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About “The Milkmaid”:

This movie follows the journey of one sister who is desperate to find the other, willing to risk it all at the hand of the very insurgents responsible for their traumatic turn of events.


About the Filmmaker:

From the director who brought you Render to Caesar (Best Screenplay at the Nollywood movie awards and Best of Nollywood awards, Official Selection for main competition at FESPACO 2015), Desmond Ovbiagele makes his return to the big screen with “The Milkmaid” , the second feature film he has written, produced, and directed.

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