Noah's Raft

Virtual Reality

Country: Nigeria
Year: 2020
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Runtime: 12 mins.

From a young age, Noah Shemede believed that his destiny was in the water. His father, brothers, and uncles were all fishermen, and their fathers before them. This is the life of the average male in Makoko, Africa's largest floating slum. But after going to a school in the city, Noah returns with a dream - to use education to transform the lives of the children living in Makoko. But it is not an easy task. For generations, residents of Makoko have eked a living through fishing…this is all that they know how to do.

Joel Kachi Benson

Joel Kachi Benson is passionate about stories, and has been making documentary stories for over a decade. In February 2018, he was introduced to the world of Virtual Reality, and became the first Nigerian filmmaker to use Virtual Reality technology for storytelling, when he produced “In Bakassi”, a virtual experience of life in one of the largest IDP Camps in Northeast Nigeria. In September 2019, Kachi Benson’s Daughters of Chibok made history, when it won the Venice Lion at the Venice Film Festival, making him the first African to win the prestigious prize in the Virtual Reality category. He lives and works in Nigeria where manages JB Multimedia Studios and VR360 Stories.

Director: Joel Kachi Benson
Cinematography: Barak Brinker.
Editing: Michael Mba.
Sound: Candace Jumbo, Chiamaka Ibeleme.
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