Film maker, Sharon Okpamen is set to raise awareness on the dangers and risks of prostitution with her new movie entitled 'Night Hustlers' (Avbosagiedemu).
It weaves round the wayward life of a group of young female prostitution ring leaders capturing their experiences of intrigues, back-stabbing and betrayal.
Shot in Benin, Edo state, the upcoming flick is presented in Pidgin English and is due to be released on YouTube on July 11 via her Sharonny Productions company.
With over 100 movies to her credit, Sharon has positioned herself as a culture ambassador through the lens of her movies. She has been at the vanguard of projection of the rich Edo culture through cinematic experiences.
‘Night Hustlers’, her latest movie project parades a slew of top South-South Nigeria-based actors such as Amenze Okpunu, Shine Francis Osemwengie, Degbuehi Oviahon, Jeffery Omoruyi, Festina Peters izevbizua, Oflex Osabuohen, Maris Iyamu, Shantel Aiwekhoe, Patience Izzy Omoruyi, Idahosa Itohan Angela, Itohan igbinidun, Esther Ifueko Osaro, Aisosa Evbenaye and Jullius Iyamu.
“Movie lovers should watch out for it because it is a story that explains the danger and risks in prostitution. I just wanted to use the movie to draw attention to the perils of prostitution and how its consequences goes on to shape the life of our young girls. For me, this is how I am contributing to the society,” Sharon rationalizes.
On the release of the movie, the filmmaker revealed, “Due to the impact of COVID19, I have had to tinker with our release strategy. First I intend to release the movie on YouTube this month to my teeming audience. I would consider printing of CDs as well.”
Giving more insight into her role as well as the filming experience, Sharon revealed, ‘I played the role of Isalabo, an influential ‘madam’ who recruited young innocent girls from the village to the city for prostitution. She was a tough woman who regularly made friends with criminal, the police, politicians and any influential person who can provide her protection. The set experience is one that was so cumbersome because I had to travel out of town with the cast and crew to a location suitable to the setting of the movie as a brothel. This came with a lot of logistics such as transport, accommodation and feeding. Managing the ego and attitude of the cast and crew was no doubt a huge challenge for me.