03 Jun 2014
June 3, 2014

Once

[quote title=””]Synopsis: This story is set in a place like Tudun Wada, a bustling district of Jos. It is about a 10-year-old Plateau boy called Panshak whose closest friend is Abubakar, an 11-year-old Muslim boy. Panshak and Abubakar do almost everything together but when Abubakar starts to push him away, Panshak tries to find ways to be like him so as to get closer to him again. Crisis breaks out in Jos and Abubakar and his Hausa friends are captured by a group of older boys. Panshak finds a way for them to escape, finally leading them to his church and saving Abubakar’s family in the process. [/quote]

Screenwriter : Haye C. Okoh

Haye-OkohBio: A screenwriter, an aspiring director, photographer and the CEO of H2H PHOTOGRAPHY LIMITED. I have been writing for as long as I can remember but only started developing my stories into screenplays in university. I wrote, directed and produced a short film, which was featured at the 2012 B.O.B. festival in Abuja, called Someone Like You.
Having attended the 2014 ‘Cinema4Change’ screenwriting workshop, my writing ‘shocked’ me. My fears were conquered and I am bold to say, that I am a significantly better writer. I hope to affect my generation, presenting problems and providing subtle solutions to them through film.

Social Issues: Once was written on the basis of psychosocial development, using ‘Jos Crisis’ as a back-story. It was used to highlight the fact that humans can no longer coexist in peace because of our religious and tribal differences, and the fact that life in general would be better if we treated the next person as they are; regardless.