BIAFRA - Forgotten Mission
dir: Irina Maldea
50 minutes/2018/Bray & Wicklow, Ireland
Fifty years ago when Nigeria was embroiled in a brutal civil war, Irish missionaries defied a cynical international cartel to save millions from starvation, becoming international media celebrities in the process. At the end of the war, they were expelled from Nigeria, accused of prolonging the war, and the episode was wiped from the public memory of both countries.
This film by Irina Maldea and Brendan Culleton brings together eyewitness accounts and a rich tapestry of film archive to present a thrilling and moving story, a remarkable episode in the history of Ireland and Nigeria, shedding a new light on a story that has been airbrushed from history.
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