In the fishing village of Makoko, the largest slum on water in Nigeria, Mrs F. wants to unite women and perform the play called Hear Word; a women empowerment project about gender inequality based on true stories to get women out of their oppressed position, to convince them to speak up and encourage them to connect. But even before she can start, she must overcome the unruly gatekeepers of patriarchy and religion.

Director’s biography

Chris worked for ten years at PharmAcces Foundation in Africa before starting to make films. From day one he was intrigued by Nigeria; a country full of contrasts, obstacles but also possibilities. In 2012, he chose to focus fully on a filmmaking career, taking his fascination for Nigeria with him. With the film MRS F he wants to provoke thought about the potential to achieve change through development and contribute to reversing the misguided perception that exists about Africa in general and Nigeria in particular; to show the strength and potential of its people.

Festivals and awards

One World – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival


Mrs. F. (doc.)
Director: Chris van der Vorm
Country: Netherlands
Year: 2019.
Runtime: 78′
Language: English, Nigerian
Cast: Ifeoma Fafunwa, Jacqueline Matthew, Christiana Babapinta
Production: Volya Films
Zone Without Borders