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Press release #2

Award-winning activist and filmmaker Joana Adesuwa Reiterer releases a new documentary - Voices Uprising, which debates complex legacies that plague Nigeria.

Protest against police brutality has been a high-profile debate since the murder of Geroge Flyod in the US in 2020. In the same year and amidst the height of the covid pandemic, a young Nigerian man was brutally murdered by the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, in Nigeria. This incidence spiked a 17-day-long mass protest tagged #EndSARS, which, again, was forcefully ended with police brutality.


"You cannot be in this country and be afraid of speaking out your truth!"...Osai Ojigho.


Studded with profound protagonists shedding light on this topic from unique perspectives, Voices Uprising picks the audience from 1956 through Nigeria's historical economic journey to the 20th of October 2020, when men wearing military uniforms shot at endSARS protesters. 


"I have witnessed the brutality of SARS. I can tell you stories about it. This is our lives; we are getting killed."...DJ Switch.


Featuring Profound Female Voices for Social Justice

The documentary Voices Uprising features powerful female voices like artist DJ Switch, who first-hand witnessed the shooting on October 2020, fearing for her life. Osai Ojigho, the former Country director of Amnesty International, leads the audience through the reality of policing a huge nation such as Nigeria. Obianuju Iloanya, a fierce advocate for social justice, takes us through her heart-breaking personal experience in this film. 


"You must understand the economic aspect of all this. Justice in Nigeria is for the rich if you can afford it"....Obianuju Iloanya.


The film Voices Uprising, produced and directed by Joana Adesuwa Reiterer, attempts to push the conversation to debate complex issues that plague Nigeria and present possible solutions to overcome them.


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About the filmmaker - Joana Adesuwa Reiterer:

Joana Adesuwa Reiterer is a Nigerian-born Austrian creative entrepreneur & filmmaker passionate about empowering SMEs. She founded Joadre, a media & education platform serving thousands of African readers and the Diaspora. Joana has received several awards and nominations for her work as a human rights activist.


What you should know

  • Nigeria is the largest black nation in the world, with over 210 million people and is wealthy in abundant resources. Still, millions suffer a brutal socio-economic status quo and oppression.
  • #EndSARS, a decentralized social movement and series of mass protests against police brutality in Nigeria, is a backdrop for the documentary Voices Uprising.
  • During the protest, 48 casualties were documented, and about 96 corpses labelled EndSARS remained unidentified.
  • Celebrity support, solidarity protests and demonstrations by Nigerians in Diaspora and sympathizers occurred in many major cities worldwide during the #EndSARS mass protest.


Film details

  • Running time: 54 minutes, 38″
  • Languages spoke: English, Yoruba, Pidgin English, German
  • Subtitle: English.
  • Production company: Joadre. Rodo Studios Ltd


For more information, visit https://voicesuprising.com

Contact the Joadre team for interviews, still images, collaborations, re-publishing press releases and screening enquiries: tribe@joadre.com


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