Ndiva Women’s Film Festival
A Thousand Needles (2018)
A Thousand Needles is a short documentary film on women’s health. It chronicles the journey of a lead character, exploring the effects of women’s sexual and reproductive health issues such endometriosis and uterine fibroids on her life. The story unfolds especially through monologues, artistic visuals and poetry.
Nikitta Adjirakor who is Ghanaian by birth is currently a PhD candidate in Literatures in African Languages at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. A writer herself, her interests and background lay in words manifested through different mediums such as music, poetry, novels and film. The concept of the film was built from one of her poems which shares the same title as the film. Having lived with varying sexual and reproductive health issues since she was 13, this film serves a platform for her to reveal the often times, invisible realities of sexual and reproductive health issues. The film forms part of an eponymous concept project she is working on which merges different creative art forms in creating awareness about women's health.