The tragedy in the movie, Dry, is consumed like a memoir revealing the misfortune of many lives ruined by a culture deprived of insight and empathy.
DRY documents, through the life of one character, the story of many young girls in parts of under-developed Africa. Stephanie Linus, after years of restoring new lives to women suffering from VVF through her Foundation, shines her light on the dark and sad events witnessed in many communities across Nigeria/Africa. The tears she has shed for every girl damaged by VVF, we get to share in this emotional journey called DRY.
Under-aged girls are forced into marriages; sold off, like cashew nuts, to new families. Sometimes even before birth, marriage transactions are made in readiness of a girl child. These children are born to fulfil only one purpose- to be betrothed to men as old as the moon.
Forced to have sex, forced to become women; children barely thirteen years of age seeking their childhood with others under the sun, playing in the sand, hoping to realise an education are denied their rights and made to live through an ordeal caused by an ignorant and alarming culture that leaves them wet, putrid and stigmatised for the rest of their lives.
This is the plight of girls/women suffering with VVF- vesicovaginal fistula, described by World Health Organisation as “the single most dramatic aftermath of neglected childbirth.”
DRY touches on the fate of these children who have been abandoned by family and neglected by society. Stephanie wins by evoking our shame as a people who have allowed this culture prevail above common sense; she questions our sanity, pokes at our faith, and interrupts our sense of purpose.
Stephanie declares, “DRY journeys into heart-wrenching details of a culture not too many films dare to explore. The issue might seem controversial, but if it will set one girl free and open the minds of the people, and also instruct different bodies and individuals to take action, then the movie would have served its purpose”.
Desperate times call for action. But first, it starts with a conversation…
Three years working on this project, the official trailer of DRY is here. Let the conversation on domestic violence and child marriages begin…