Here goes the official trailer for STIGMA Nigerian Movie, a film by Dagogo Diminas and with the headline message 'let them hate so long as we fight.....Stigmatization'. Starring Emeka Ike, Jackie Appiah, Hilda Dokubo, Ngozi Nwosu, Clem Ohameze, among other acts.
STIGMA is a movie produced and directed by Dagogo Reeves Diminas Jack, a Nollywood filmmaker, supported by the Rivers State Ministry of Health; as it's major campaign strategy against the stigamatization of HIV/AIDS victims and their relatives in Rivers State, Nigeria and Africa at large.
Movie Synopsis: A drama about ignorance and the consequences of carelessness. But also about the power to overcome desperate situations in life, to burst one's bonds and finally to be what you want to be.
The life that surrounds Vanessa in the small community in Obonoma is manageable. Her mother Ibiso works as the local midwife, she is the only child of a already finished relationship and her mother's job permits her to go to school.
There are only few obligations until her mother decides to accept the rampant promises of Smart Bob Manuel and marry him. Quickly this new stepfather shows his real face including his penchants for other woman, stealing the mother's money and spend it for his extensive journeys to the local bar. Finally his way ends in the house and arms of Ibiso's best friend Telema.
Vanessa's childhood come to an abrupt end when her mother becomes ill, first without knowing the reason, and Vanessa needs to work in her mother's profession to aliment the family with now two more little childs. She must learn about the enormity of ignorant thinking when a doctor and very good friend of her diagnoses AIDS to her mother and the community including family members and stepfather ostracize her mother and her. In the moment they need help and support, they get only indifference and refusal.
Stigmatized Ibiso dies in desperation and loneliness. Vanessas heritage are a continous stigmatization and financial problems because the instilled fear let most of her patients stay off. Although she's working with more medical precautions than her mother, Vanessa become infected with the virus also. The young woman is going to cave in, rembering the way which took her mother and to be left from her dearly beloved longtime boyfriend.
When Vanessa decides to end her's tragic life by herself it takes a turn for the better, for the only reason that there's someone who has the courage and trust to believe in her, someone who are not following antiquated ways of thinking.
With the help of that person Vanessa is not more a prisoner of circumstance and social rape. She turnes their illness into the posibility to begin a new life and buries the stigma of beeing HIV positive starting a career as a motivational speaker and famous advocat of people with AIDS. Her successful fight not only initiate her personal reformation, also companions of Vanessa's past develope and want to come back to her life.
But forgiveness is not easy to grant and sometimes it could be too late...
The movie which features A-list African actors including Jackie Appiah (Vanessa), she won in 2010 the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the African Movie Academy Awards, Emeka Ike (Doctor Jide), Hilda Dokubo (Ibiso), Ngozi Nwosu (Telema), Clem Ohameze (Reverend), Soibifa Dokubo (Smart) among other quality role interpreters, unveils and celebrates the beauty of the Kalabari Kingdom and other communities in the state from the language, food, dance and lifestyle.
Executive Producer of STIGMA Movie is said to be, River State Government Ministry of Health, Commissioner of Health Dr. Sampson Parker.