For some days now, I always saw the hashtag #BarigaSugar. It was a short film featuring Tina Mba. So I favourited a tweet and just remembered now to go back to it. I wish I did not delay for this long.
Bariga Sugar is a 21-minute short film Set in the mid-90s. It tells the story of an 8-year-old Ese, who lives in Bariga Sugar, a ghetto brothel owned by Madam Sugar in Lagos.
The story is told from the perspective of young Ese, through her voice we explore the hustle of young women living and earning a living from brothels, we see the hunger for friendship and how if fills a certain vacuum loneliness creates. We see a young boy dreaming big in a place devoid of hope and we see how grief can close up the gap hate and pain create.
Ese lives as a child to Tina one of the many brothel workers. She sees her mother’s customers as friends and always complains about how she had no friend. Jamil comes to live in the same brothel with his mum Hanatu and offers to be Ese’s friend but she is defensive and only connects when she seems him bullied by other children.
They soon become friends and Jamil teaches Ese how to properly read and also encourages her to dream bigger than being the queen of Bariga Sugar. This beautiful friendship faces obstacles and is halted due to an unfortunate situation.
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