A film called “The ORATORY” is expected to shine more spotlight on the plight of street children and displaced people in Nigeria and other countries.
The world famous film produced by the Salesians of Don Bosco and premiered last year and was screened in
Dublin, London, Turin, Venice and other cities. A public screening took place Saturday at Genesis Cinemas in the Maryland Shopping. Shopping center in Lagos.
In a mid-week press briefing in Lagos, it was noted that the screening of the film “The Oratory” was aimed at raising funds for the “Child Protection Centres” built across the country by the Salesians of Don Bosco named after the Italian Catholic priest. , John Melchior Bosco known for devoting his life to the betterment and education of street children, juvenile delinquents and other disadvantaged young people.
According to Executive Producer, Rev Father, Dr Cyril Odia, the movie directed by Obi Omenloye was shot in different cities viz.
Rome, Atlanta, Lagos and Turin and features an impressive array of Nigerian and international movie stars such as Eyinna Nwigwe, Rich Lowe, Celeste Marcone, Shane Guilbeau, Florence Okechukwu, Lawrence Nwali and dozens of street children.
“We have child protection centers in Ibadan, Lagos, Kebbi, Abuja to name a few and made
broaden our horizon and have more centers to remove more children from the streets and save lives and fate. We are asking for the support of Nigerians and the government to do more for street children,” says Ordia.
One of the actors, Eyinna Nwigwe, said playing the role of Sugar was exciting for him because the project was unique and aimed to solve a major problem in society.
According to one of the organisers, Mr Gbenga Adebija, “The Oratory is not just a film, it is in fact an integral aspect of a larger multidimensional initiative that Dr Odia and his Salesian colleagues have passionately committed to carrying out. The Oratory is not the destination, it is a stage on the journey. The end game is to create an inclusive setting for the upliftment of homeless, delinquent and juvenile youth who are at risk of negative societal situations such as violence, sexual abuse, trafficking and crime.