According to data released by digital agency, ID Africa, the powerful and moving, Big Daddy, Chris Ihidero’s short film on rape, has now been seen over 500,000 times on YouTube since it was published less than 4 years ago – more than any other Nigerian short film in Youtube history.
Big Daddy follows the story of a vulnerable young girl who, under the eyes of her own parents, is sexually assaulted repeatedly by her uncle, leading to devastating consequences. The film received multiple local and international nominations and awards, including the AMVCAs.
Speaking on what inspired the short film, Chris Ihidero said:
“We decided to make a film on rape because we believe that, for our society to truly combat this abnormality, we need to lay our collective shame bare. We need to strip off the layers upon layers of coverings that hide the realities of rape and sexual abuse.”
“We believe that we all need to come clean and accept the blame for whatever part we have played, consciously or not, in ensuring that rape victims continue to lack support and justice, and lives continue to get ruined. We fear that unless we collectively do something quickly, anarchy may be loosed upon us all in the very near future.”
Watch the powerful short film here.