Country Public Affairs Officer Aruna Amirthanayagam Talking Points for Screening of The IF Project

  • Welcome to the Abuja Film Festival and tonight’s screening of The IF Project. The U.S. Embassy is proud to support the Abuja Film Festival for the second year in a row and the wonderful week of film it offers the city and the country.
  • We’re especially proud tonight to feature The IF Project, one of the films available to the U.S. Embassy through American Film Showcase. The American Film Showcase is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.  It offers audiences a view of American society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers.
  • Tonight, we have both the filmmaker and one of her principal subjects here with us. It’s my great pleasure to host here in Nigeria both filmmaker Kathlyn Horan and Detective Kim Bogucki, whose combined talent, professionalism, and passion, have produced the film you are about to see.  I am excited for not only the film, but the opportunity to discuss their work directly with Kathlyn and Kim following the screening.
  • I won’t spoil the IF question the film reveals. But this film is meant to raise questions – personal ones and ones for society.  As citizens in a democracy, questions and conversation are part of national security and patriotism.  Indeed, film is an incredible tool to foster understanding and cooperation, dialogue and debate.  I hope that’s what we accomplish a bit of tonight.
  • Thank you for coming. Thank you to Fidelis Duker and all the organizers of the Abuja Film Festival for this opportunity.  Please enjoy The IF Project.