Experiencing Interruptions?

The Silent Blinder

Dealing with the silent blinder, two men with different experiences admit that prompt and proper intervention is critical to success.

Shot mostly with an iPhone, this human interest documentary short explores the experiences of two individuals dealing with a leading cause of irreversible blindness.

  • OtoObong Ekpenyong
    Eno's Demons, Power to the People, Onyibo Pepper
  • OtoObong Ekpenyong
    Eno's Demons, Power to the People, Onyibo Pepper
  • Emmanuel Akpan
    Key Cast
  • Maurice Achibong Snr.
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Human Interest, Medical
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 8, 2020
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  • Africa Film for Impact Festival
    November 3, 2020
Distribution Information
  • The OE Production Company
    Sales Agent
    Country: Nigeria
    Rights: All Rights, Internet, Console / Handheld Device
Director Biography - OtoObong Ekpenyong

OtoObong Ekpenyong holds a Bachelor of Art in Christian Education and was one of 18 African filmmakers trained at Montana State University (MSU)’s Social Justice Documentary Filmmaking Workshop in Bozeman with funding by Ford Foundation.

He has produced award-winning advocacy shorts and human-interest documentaries that has screened and enjoyed critical acclaim across the globe. Significantly, he was listed in 2020 by YNaija (regarded as the internet newspaper for young Nigerians focused on issues and ideas that matter for an evolving generation) as one of 100 most influential Nigerians in film.

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Director Statement

Not all stories told for screen will be for cinema or even television - for budgetary and other considerations. If we deem a story important enough to be told, we can choose the screen to tell it for and go ahead to tell it with the resources at hand.

We deemed this story important enough to be told, and promptly too, to create awareness for the condition and so we chose the screen to tell it for - our mobile hand-held devices. With that settled, I made the decision to shoot it with an iPhone and a few assesories.

My hope is that this will contribute significantly to awareness efforts and mobilise more people to get their eyes properly examined by eye-care professionals - namely ophthalmologists and optometrists. This way, we can truly beat irreversible blindness.