The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has praised the Nigerian film ‘The Milkmaid’ for representing Nigeria in the International Feature Film category of the 2021 Oscars.
The film was selected by the 12-member Nigeria Official Selection Committee (NOSC), having followed and met the prescribed procedures by the United States’ Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
The selection of ‘The Milkmaid’ was officially announced on December 1st, 2020 by the NOSC.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, 17th Dec. 2020, The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed praised the film.
The Minister said the film is a testament to the progress which the local film industry has made in the areas of professionalism and international competitiveness, while also highlighting Nigeria’s potential as a viable destination for cutting edge film productions.
He pledged government’s full support for ‘The Milkmaid’s’ success at the 2021 Oscars, and urged all Nigerians to fully support the film’s quest for a noteworthy run at the 93rd Oscars.
‘The Milkmaid’ is a Hausa language-based thriller spotlighting insurgency and extremism, especially as they affect women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The film, which recently garnered eight nominations at the 2020 Africa Movie Academy Awards narrates the story of a Fulani milkmaid who confronts extremists in a rural African community in a quest to locate her missing sister, and details how efforts to recapture her disrupted past became complicated.
The Executive Producer of The Milkmaid, Dr. Oluseun Sowemimo, is a US-based Nigerian surgeon and the film was headed by filmmaker Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi. The movie is written, produced and directed by Desmond Ovbiagele.