Three major Nollywood studios, Native Media, Theatrone Media, and Whitestone Pictures, have jointly announced the release of their much-anticipated, insurgency-inspired romantic-thriller, Voiceless.
The film is set to open in cinemas across the country from November 20, 2020.
Centred on the notorious terrorism in north-eastern Nigeria and inspired by true events, Voiceless tells the story of Salma and Goni, two victims captured by a dreaded terrorist gang, the latter, forced to work for insurgents as a skilled mechanic, and the former, kidnapped alongside her fellow schoolgirls to serve the group’s lusts and drive home their agenda against western education for girls. Amid betrayals and suspicion that make up the abductors’ camp, they find love, strength and the will to survive and escape. Back in the real world, they face another battle for the acceptance of their love.
Voiceless was written by Jennifer Agunloye, a one-time winner of the Homevida screen-writing competition and executive director of GIST (Girls Should Thrive Initiative).
Speaking about the film, the executive producer, Rogers Ofime, said, “I always believed that there are two roads in life, the ‘I took it and I’m happy I did’ and the ‘Why didn’t I take it?’ For Voiceless, we took the road not travelled by many and are happy we did. As you sit to enjoy the film, I urge you to take a minute to think quietly, soberly and deeply, that there is hope, and we can be the change we want.”
Director, Robert Peters, famous for 30 Days in Atlanta, did not hold back his feeling of fulfillment about the project.
“I have always wanted to make a film that will give me a better purpose as a filmmaker. So, when the idea of Voiceless was presented to me, I was very interested. We pushed to tell the story even though the odds against us were30 to one. The story is meaningful, not just because it tells us something about the world we live in, but because it tells us something about ourselves as individuals,” he said.
Voiceless is distributed in cinemas by FilmOne Entertainment, renowned for films such as The Wedding Party, The Wedding Party 2, Merry Men 1&2, King of Boys, Living in Bondage: Breaking Free and Sugar Rush, to mention a few.