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Nigeria’s ‘The Milkmaid’ loses out on Oscars 2021 shortlist

NEWSMAN, Abuja – ‘The Milkmaid’, Nigeria’s official submission for the 93rd Academy Awards also known as the Oscars, did not make the shortlist for the International Feature Film (IFF) category.

The list spots just two African countries- Ivory Coast and Tunisia.

Director of the movie, Desmond Ovbiagele who reacted to ‘The Milkmaid’ not making the Oscars Best International Feature Film category shortlist said “We are proud of what our Oscar run has meant for our cast and crew, for the Nigerian film industry, and for Nigerians everywhere.”

“We wanted to tell a story that truly reflected the impact and complexities of religious insurgency in Nigeria on those who experience it by force or by choice. Achieving that and being recognized as belonging among the best of the best in international storytelling through film is an incredible honor and we are thrilled that we’ve opened the door for a greater diversity of stories to be told”, he added.

The investment banker turned filmmaker revealed that though the movie did not make the shortlist, it made an unimaginable impact which will not be forgotten in a hurry.

In December last year, the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) had announced the ‘The Milkmaid’ as the country’s selection for the award ceremony slated for April 25.

Night of Kings’, Ivory Coast’s critically acclaimed submission, follows the story of a young pickpocket whose chance of survival at the MACA prison in Abidjan is hinged on his ability to compel other prisoners with his storytelling.

The France, Ivory Coast, Canada and Senegal collaboration is directed by Philippe Lacôte and was acquired by Neon in September 2020.

Tunisia’s submission ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’ is directed by Kaouther Ben Hania and follows the story of lovebirds separated by the Syrian war.

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