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Funding Boost For Katie Mark’s "Street Girls" (On The Lives of 3 Girls Working As Prostitutes In Nigeria)

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 23, 2012 12:15 PM
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Katie Mark’s feature documentary titled Street Girls, described as providing "intimate insight into the lives of three girls working as prostitutes in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja," has been awarded a Story Development Award and a £10,000 grant (or about $16,000) from Sundance London, to assist in the completion of the film, which is expected to make its debut later this year.

The film follows the 3 prostitutes picked up from the streets of Abuja, and are taken to the country’s first "women's rehabilitation centre," where they embark on a 3-month course which they most complete or face jail. The documentary captures the struggles of this journey, and answers the questions of whether the girls will make it, or end up back on the streets, or put in prison.

Katie Mark is of Nigerian descent, and directs, produces, films and edits short non-fiction films in New York for various organisations. She was previously a producer for Aljazeera English News and for BBC London News and is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, New York.

I found a 7-minute preview of the film which is embedded below, giving you some idea of what to expect from the completed work; another project added to me watch list:

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  • THE BLACK POLICE | April 23, 2012 9:38 PMReply

    I'm glad someone created a work of exposition on a social problem (and an experimental solution) in the country of Nigeria. This issue is rarely talked about and seen in it's raw state in that nation.

  • Miles Ellison | April 23, 2012 8:37 PMReply

    I was just thinking that what we need is more movies about hookers.

  • Ali | April 25, 2012 3:31 PM

    Plain ignorance.

  • BluTopaz | April 24, 2012 5:29 PM

    Are you really that ignorant to try and dismiss the lives of these young women so easily?

  • THE BLACK POLICE | April 23, 2012 9:36 PM

    Is this supposed to be sarcastic?

  • blah, blah | April 23, 2012 7:47 PMReply

    yeah, definitely keep us up to date on this one.

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