Local filmmaker draws attention to kidnapped Nigerian girls with PSA

Bring Back Our Girls


t's a public service announcement produced locally, but it has a message with a global reach.

After watching story after story about the hundreds of girls kidnapped in Nigeria last month, local filmmaker Solon Quinn wanted to make his voice heard. He created a PSA talking about the importance of making sure the search continues for the missing girls.


There are some thing I can take and there are some things I can't take and I couldn't take this one

," says Quinn. "I'm hoping that my messaging and that what I believe will move someone else who is in a much more powerful position than I am to actually do something or maybe think a little bit differently about how the situation is being handled."

The piece calls on all the governments to act and help save these girls, regardless of race, religion or politics.

"I wanted to make a positive piece that would reinforce some core values that I hold and that I hope many people hold and to kind of just cut through all of things that don't matter," says Quinn. "300 children were kidnapped with the threat of being pushed into slavery. I can't imagine a stronger cause and I personally have a lot of interest in gender issues and this one just struck a chord," says Quinn.

Quinn says much of the rescue push has come through social media, with hashtage such as, "bring back our girls" and "save our daughters." He's hoping everyone who sees this video shares it to all their friends on any digital platform possible.

"This is what I've got. I'm asking other people to give what they've got," says Quinn. "I watch TV shows and news stations all the time where it starts off talking about these missing girls and it turns into Muslims and Iraq and America and this and that and it's just unbelievable how fast the main, most important and only point is missed and we just go straight to the arguments."

Along with thousands of others, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand saw his video and re-tweeted it, helping to grow support for the cause this PSA supports.

"I know that she called it powerful and she did re-tweet it and that meant a lot to us, because like I said I'm a guy that owns an advertising company in Syracuse. I would very much like for it to be in the hands of people who could use it to kind of garner more support for the issue and for the cause," says Quinn.