WIFTIN members with the students at the event
Women In Film And Television In Nigeria (WIFTIN), a chapter member of the international body of the Women In Film And Television International (WIFTI), a not-for- profit organisation, hosted about 100 female secondary school students from schools in Surulere Local Council to a movie screening at the Filmhouse Cinema, Surulere Mall, Surulere, last week, to mark the International Women’s Day.
The movie, Hidden Figures was chosen as the most ideal for the International Women’s Day (IWD) theme for this year, Be ‘Bold For Change’. Hidden Figures portrays the different roles women played in launching the first American in space. Told through the eyes of various women who fought for what they believed in then, when skin colours determined societal status. The courage, intelligence, foresight and proactive decisions made by these women are deep lessons every woman regardless of race or colour should imbibe.
According to WIFTIN President, Muna Onuzo: “Through this event, we would have started the Nigerian female future film makers on the right path by helping these young women who are still in secondary school realise that they are gifted, intelligent, bold and beautiful. By 2030, WIFTIN hopes to have succeeded in launching more powerful producers, directors, cinematographers and others on the media space.
“Currently, WIFTIN has three projects developed for the professional woman and the girl-child in Nigeria namely, The WIFTIN Art Club, WIFTIN Film and Acting Academy and the Reel Women Reel Issues Project,” she said.
At the screening, WIFTIN unveiled the WIFTIN Art Club Project, an initiative aimed at educating and fostering professionalism in filmmaking and all other media in female secondary students.
The organisation aims to empower women interested and involved in the media in Nigeria, while also recognising those whose efforts have positively impacted the growth of the Nigerian media industry.