By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 23, 2012 at 12:15PM
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: