For International Women's Day, Frontline Club presents "Captive', a powerful film about the personal journey of surviving the physical and psychological pain and trauma of captivity and the toll conflict takes on women and girls.
Filmed over four years and several high-risk trips into north eastern Nigeria, writer and director Mellissa Fung meets several brave young women who have escaped imprisonment by Boko Haram and who are now trying to rebuild their lives.
Through their struggles, Fung comes to terms with her own past, confronting the deep trauma she thought she had long buried.
Charlotte Eagar is British journalist, filmmaker, novelist and communications consultant. She is co-producer and co-founder of the Trojan Women Project, a combined drama therapy and multi-media strategic communications project for Syrian refugees.
Mellissa Fung is a veteran journalist, best-selling author, filmmaker, and director. She has traveled the world producing original documentaries for Al-Jazeera International, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and other media outlets. She covered the war in Afghanistan for the CBC, leading to her best-selling first book, Under an Afghan Sky, which chronicles her experience as a hostage after she was kidnapped while on assignment in Kabul in 2008. Over the last several years, Fung has focused on human rights reporting, returning to Afghanistan several times to continue reporting on the challenges that continue to exist there, particularly for women and children.
Fatima Akilu is a Nigerian Muslim psychologist, author, educator, former government official, education advocate and public speaker in the areas of preventing and countering violent extremism and counter-terrorism.