Inspired by the iconic image of two Fulani milkmaids on the back of the Ten Naira note, The Milkmaid follows the story of two sisters caught up in the chaos of the militant insurgency in Northen Nigeria. The film aims to display the beauty and regality of the rural Fulani/Hausa culture.
Read the official synopsis below:
In rural sub-Saharan Africa, Aisha, a Fulani milkmaid, is searching for her younger sister, Zainab. Dire personal circumstances force her to approach the religious militants who were responsible for their separation in the first instance, but she is determined to find her despite the compromises she must make to do so. However, her quest to recapture her blithe past proves to be unexpectedly complicated in a world whose festering conflict provides several paths to becoming a victim with typically irreversible consequences.
Aisha is played by first-timer, Anthonieta Kalunta, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Fast-rising Kannywood star Maryam Booth (Hakkunde, Sons of Caliphate) plays the younger sister, Zainab. Gambo Usman Kona, a prominent actor from Taraba, plays the lead male character Dangana.
The crew comprises veterans such as Pat Nebo, the art director for Kunle Afolayan’s The Figurine and October 1; Yinka Edward (Lionheart, 76, October 1) is the director of Photography. Desmond Ovbiagele, known for the under-viewed Render to Caeser, wrote the screenplay and is directing.