The Special One

A deaf and dumb girl who despite her condition just wants to be happy, her home becomes hell as her father who's suppose to show her love and care becomes her worse nightmare.

  • Idowu Okeniyi
  • Seacrest Amah
  • regina van helvert
  • idowu okeniyi
  • Hannah Mawusemor
    Key Cast
  • Regina Van-Helvert
    Key Cast
  • Daniel Dompreh
    Key Cast
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    16 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 20, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,500 USD
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  • Slum Film Festival
    August 22, 2016
    Official Selection, Short Films
  • Grand Indiewise Convention
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    North American Premiere
    Finalist, Short Narrative Films
  • We Care Film Festival
    New Delhi
    January 27, 2017
    Asian premiere
    Offical Selection - Up to 30 minutes
Director Biography - Idowu Okeniyi

Idowu Okeniyi (born 1987) is a Nigerian film director and producer. He is the co-founder of Studio Reel Films, His first short film The Special One is an adaptation of the book "We Are Able" by Samuel Suberu Oluwasegun and starring Regina Van-Helvert and Daniel Dompreh, a story about how a deaf girl deals with discrimination and domestic violence.He has moved on to to shoot another project 3 Nights Ago. He completed his education at Central University College as an Architect before training as a director in 2013, although he began his career in film making earlier in 2008 when he shot and directed his first short film with a camera phone and his roommates as actors.

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Director Statement

Working on this film was important for me because it gave me a chance to speak for the voiceless. This was my first film and it wasn't easy and at some point I really wanted to give up but I kept pushing on. Hannah, who played Lily the deaf girl, is an actual deaf and dumb person and working with her on this film was emotional for me because everyday we meet on set it gives me a chance to live her life and see what she goes through. We always need an interpreter to relay our messages across to her and then you realize there are thousands of people like her out there completely ignored by our society and some of them face stigma from the society too. It was an emotional film for me and the crew and i'm glad I could tell the story. I look forward to making a feature film of this project.