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Nollywood in Hollywood 2021 Presents: THE MILKMAID

September 10, 2021, 7:30 P.M. PDT

Live Online Webinar

Nollywood in Hollywood 2021 Presents
A Live Online Screening of


Nigeria's Official Entry
for the 2021 Academy Awards®

Written, Directed, and Produced by Desmond Ovbiagele

Followed by a Live Q&A with
Writer/Director/Producer Desmond Ovbiagele
and Lead Actress Anthonieta Kalunta

Moderated by Samantha Ofole-Prince, Senior Entertainment Editor,
CaribPress Newsmagazine / Trendy Africa

7:30 P.M. PDT on Friday, September 10th, 2021


The screening of The Milkmaid (136 minutes)
will be shared directly in the Webinar.

About The Milkmaid

In rural sub-Saharan Africa, Aisha, a Fulani milkmaid, is searching for her younger sister, Zainab. Dire personal circumstances force her to approach the religious militants who were responsible for their separation in the first instance, but she is determined to find her despite the compromises she must make to do so. However, her quest to recapture her blithe past proves to be unexpectedly complicated in a world whose festering conflict provides several paths to becoming a victim with typically irreversible consequences.

The story juxtaposes the color and elegance of rural Hausa/Fulani culture against a graphic and visceral portrayal of the harrowing ordeal of conflict victims and the personal and societal implications of the resulting psychological trauma. The film draws attention to the present plight of real-life victims of militant insurgency in Nigeria (internally displaced persons, IDPs), to generate support for their economic & psychological rehabilitation and social re-integration.

About the Guests

DESMOND OVBIAGELE (Writer, Director, Producer)

Desmond Ovbiagele worked for over a decade in investment banking before exiting to pursue a passion for movie production. He wrote, produced and co-directed his debut feature film, Render to Caesar, which was selected to screen in official competition at FESPACO, Africa’s largest film festival, in 2015, as well as at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. It also received awards for Best Screenplay at the Nollywood Movies Awards and Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards respectively, in addition to the award for Best International Feature Film at the Nile Diaspora International Film Festival in Kampala, Uganda.

The Milkmaid, which he also wrote, produced and directed, is his second feature film, winning 5 Africa Movie Academy Awards in December 2020, including for Best Film. Also in December 2020, The Nigerian Official Selection Committee announced The Milkmaid as the country's official selection for the 93rd Academy Awards in the category of Best International Feature Film.


 A Theater Arts graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, as well as an On-Air-Personality with a local media organization, Anthonieta Kalunta emerged from an extensive audition process with her selection for the lead role of the elder sister, Aisha in The Milkmaid, her film debut.

SAMANTHA OFOLE-PRINCE (Moderator, Senior Entertainment Editor, CaribPress Newsmagazine / Trendy Africa)

Based in Los Angeles, Samantha Ofole is an entertainment journalist and movie critic. She has written for various domestic and international publications that include Ovation Magazine, The Voice Newspaper, BBC On Air Magazine, STAR Magazine, Caribbean Times, Afriqan Times, Trendy Africa and Touch Magazine. She is the entertainment editor of CaribPress Newsmagazine, a publication which serves the Caribbean-American community in Los Angeles and is a member of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)? and Critics Choice Association (CCA).

About Nollywood in Hollywood 2021

Nollywood in Hollywood is a celebration of Nigeria’s growing cinema. From very inauspicious beginnings about twenty-five years ago, the industry grew to be the second largest in the world in terms of output. It is estimated that over 1,000 films are produced in Nollywood every year, most of them direct to video. In recent years, Nollywood films have garnered critical acclaim and have been exhibited at top film festivals. Founded by Nigerian-American filmmaker, Ose Oyamendan and co-presented by O2A Media, Inc. alongside the School of Cinematic Arts and the American Cinematheque, programming at the Aero Theatre, Egyptian Theatre and Los Feliz 3 Theatre. NOLLYWOOD IN HOLLYWOOD 2021 is the fourth edition of our annual exhibition of Nigeria's best films.

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