Nigeria’s very first submission, The Milkmaid, is an ambitious and empathetic feature that shines a light on the mistreatment of women under certain radical regimes.
The brave director, Desmond Ovbiagele, has a singular and impressive non-linear vision and this is only his second film. The movie centers on Aisha (an excellent Anthonieta Kalunta) and her sister (Maryam Booth, astonishing). After a village insurgency, they’re both forced to marry religious extremists. Aisha escapes but, eventually, searches for her sister.
“The Milkmaid” is startling and mesmerizing cinema. This has great shortlist potential, if enough members bother to watch it all the way through.