Exactly a year ago, the Islamic jihadist group Boko Haram released 82 of the 276 schoolgirls it had taken by force in 2014. And today HBO announced that it will air the feature-length documentary Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram in the fall.
Following a global social media campaign centered on #BringBackOurGirls, featuring global celebrities including Michelle Obama, huge pressure was brought to bear on the Nigerian government to get the girls back.
A co-production with BBC2 and ARTE France, Stolen Daughters was granted exclusive access to the freed girls were taken to a secret government safe house in the capitol of Abuja. It shows how the young women are adapting to life after their long imprisonment and how the Nigerian government is handling their re-entry into society.
Known as “The Chibok Girls,” they are required to live in a protected environment, where contact with the outside world is severely limited, though they are provided with education and counseling. As the film documents, they eventually progress to a residential, government-funded program at the American University of Nigeria.
Stolen Daughters is directed by Karen Edwards and Gemma Atwal; Edwards also produced it. The exec producers are Fiona Stourton, Sam Bagnall and Nancy Abraham.