This talk examines the role of community filmmaking within the communities that the films are made in. Documentary films can play a critical role in building public support and engaging policymakers to advance reforms needed to increase access to justice. Additionally, the act of making films in marginalised communities can be a form of empowerment within those communities.
The opportunities for filmmaking and storytelling projects to create self-affirmation in marginalised communities will be examined through various film projects featuring the queer community in Nigeria, survivors of Boko Haram in North-East Nigeria, and the migrant communities in Berlin. Documentary films are powerful empathy-building tools and useful in generating conversations around important subjects. How does filmmaking benefit the characters and subjects in the film? This talk will discuss the opportunities and challenges that arise when the attention is turned inwards on the community in question.
Ifeatu Nnaobi is a filmmaker and photographer focused on conceptual and documentary storytelling. She/They work(s) closely with communities; centering queer, feminist, and migrant narratives through an intersectional approach.