How challenging can it be to produce a movie on rape? Watch Emem Isong share her experience, and some of the funny views some men have on rape.
Rape is one of the most sensitive topics in Nigeria. But how challenging can it be to shoot a rape themed movie?
In this exclusive interview with Pulse Nigeria, Nollywood fillmaker Emem Isong, who recently produced two movies on rape, shared her challenges.
Speaking on recently shooting two rape movies, she said;
"I made two movies on rape, it was a coincidence. 'Code of Silence' was the movie I made as a fellow who received a grant to make something socially relevant," she said.
"'One Fine Day' was a movie which someone hired me to produce. It was just a coincidence, it's not like I just set out to make a movie on rape."
However, the filmmaker revealed that she is very passionate about the topic.
"I'm very passionate about the topic, and I feel like rape is something that is swept under the carpet," she said.
"I think that a lot of us who make movies, should use this medium to speak out for victims of rape," she added.
Speaking on her challenges, Isong said;
"One of the challenges I faced was finding people who have actually experienced it to talk about it, so we could have first hand experience on this."
"But unfortunately, nobody wants to talk about that. It was very difficult to find a victim to talk about rape."
The 'Knocking on Heaven's Door' producer also shared some of the funny views the men she met while filming, had about female rape victims.
"Some of them believed that perhaps some of the victims brought that upon themselves. And it was quite annoying," she said
'Code of Silence' is a drama film about a young girl, Adanma who was ganged raped by two men on her way home from school and left for dead. The movie explores the psychological battle she goes through as her family refuses to report the incident to the police.
Her second movie on rape 'One Fine Day' focuses on Tasha and Nina, whose sibling rivalry is worsened by Nina’s slightly disturbed state of mind.
When a tall, handsome stranger comes to claim Tasha’s hand in marriage, Nina’s behaviour takes a turn for the worse.