The People’s Court

In a complex court proceeding, a surrogate mother Tracy, engages in a
custody battle over a child with a client.
Tensions run high as the secret between the client and Tracy was exposed.
The defendants contends that the child rightfully belongs to them based on the contract signed with Tracy
despite genetic differences.
As the judge grapples with the complexities of the situation, the fate of the child hangs in the balance

  • Emmanuel Storypriest Adejoh
  • Joseph Nsisi Effang
  • Olalekan Fadare
  • Bash Audu
  • Fortune Fifi Emmanuel
  • Felix Mitch Bassey
  • Oigbochie Abena Lucy
  • Cassandra Onyelili
    Key Cast
    "Tracy "
  • Ejiro Badare
    Key Cast
    "Mr Roy Silver"
  • Ojo Marvelous
    Key Cast
    "Mrs Roy Silver"
  • Timilehin Ojeola
    Key Cast
    "Barrister Kingsley"
  • Esther Jacob Sambo
    Key Cast
    "Barrister Ann."
  • Busayo Adedeji
    Key Cast
    "Judge Sullivan "
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 19, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    250 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Ebonylife Creative Academy
Director Biography - Emmanuel Storypriest Adejoh, Joseph Nsisi Effang

ADEJO EMMANUEL (STORY PRIEST)Storypriest is a reality thief, talented screenwriter, director, and filmmaker who is heavily influenced by the works of Ousamane Sembene(Senegal), Akira Kurosawa (Japan), Abbas Kiaroastami(Iran), Alejandro innarito (Brazil). The sole goal of Storypriest is to create and tell stories that feel like art pieces and accurately reflect the realities of our current society. With over 30 TV screenwriting credits, including production on ROK Studios,African Movie Channel (AMCC), and African Magic originals, Story Priest's debut as a director with his Ebony Life Creative Academy (ELCA)-sponsored short film "People's Court" solidifies his position and perspective as a reality centered film maker.

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Director Statement

I had an uncle who engaged in a custody battle for his son for a long time. Although my
uncle, like the Roy Silvers, had the upper hand considering his financial status, I, however,
saw to what extent a mother can go to get her child back. To the point where she
flaunted court orders and came all the way to take the child with no one's consent. At
that point, I greatly judged her for that attitude (I am only beginning to understand her
place as the mother of the child). This story and its interpretation come from that place
of understanding. It is difficult to separate a mother from her child, and a mother's love
for a child, be it the birth mother's or the adopted mother's, is above everything else. I
intend to tell a story that is sincere and tilts towards an understanding of character
actions rather than judging them.