When seven months pregnant Nelo Dike moves into her husband's ancestral home, her dreams are of an angry woman yelling at her to leave; but Nelo’s worst nightmare is when her dreams become her reality.

  • Chioma Paul-Dike
    Until 23
  • Chioma Paul-Dike
    Until 23
  • Chioma Paul-Dike
    Until 23
  • Eric Kafui Okyerefo
    Until 23
  • Onyinye Odokoro
    Key Cast
  • Kelechi Udegbe
    Key Cast
  • Amanda Oruh
    Key Cast
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    17 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 23, 2023
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    3,792 USD
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Director Biography - Chioma Paul-Dike

Passionate about film and storytelling, Chioma Paul-Dike has worked in the film industry since 2015. Starting as an assistant and working her way up, she’s worked on several films, like Idahosa Trails, Kasala, Otiti, and Once Upon a Life, as an Assistant Director. She’s co-started a production company invested in telling authentic African stories. She co-produced and directed Until 23, a short film that is presently making its festival runs.
Chioma has a degree in Communications from Babcock University and has further studied filmmaking at Multichoice Talent Factory.
Chioma looks forward to sharing Africans and their culture through films.

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Director Statement

I grew up believing in dreams but met people who discarded theirs. That's Nelo and Obinna, and that's why I've set out to tell Dreams and, most significantly, use the horror genre to trigger consequences and thoughts.

In telling Dreams, we share two universes; the natural vs the supernatural, the physical vs the metaphysical. While this is a broad subject and an often untouched subject in African storytelling, we would like to bring to the fore through the horror genre how the two worlds co-exist and how in our way have experienced them.

We're using Dreams to explore how we often disregard what our dreams are telling and to question the validity of dreams. Beyond the broad theme, we will also look at how our past can sometimes come back to haunt the present.

Now is an excellent time to ask: What do you dream of when you sleep?