Experiencing Interruptions?

If Only

When three friends sitting to an evening round of drinks are disrupted, their attempt to catch the spoiler takes an unexpected turn.

This docudrama short, set in a rural community in southern Nigeria, depicts a not-so-talked-about reality and draws attention to a practice that perpetuates a certain injustice to humanity.

  • OtoObong Ekpenyong
  • OtoObong Ekpenyong
    By Africans About Africa
  • OtoObong Ekpenyong
  • DoP - Jonathan Ogolo
    Key Crew
  • Sound Supervisor - Dayo Thompson
    Key Crew
  • Set & Costume Design - Koko Eyo
    Key Crew
    Gone in Nine Months
  • Lead Male - Eric Anderson
    Key Cast
  • Lead Female - Queeneth Orok
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Television
  • Genres:
    Docudrama, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 20, 2017
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    Digital: 1080p/25
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  • Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF)
    San Jose, California
    United States
    September 30, 2017
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)
    Victoria Island, Lagos
    November 1, 2017
    West African Screening
    Official Selection
  • Lake International Pan African Film Festival (LIPFF)
    November 7, 2018
    East African Screening
    Official Selection
  • Bhagwan Birsa Munda International Tribal Film Festival
    November 15, 2018
    Indian Screening
    Official Selection
  • Realtime International Film Festival
    June 25, 2019
    West African ReScreening
    Official Selection
Director Biography - OtoObong Ekpenyong

OtoObong Ekpenyong has produced digital content in faith-based organizations for over a decade. In the 2013 and 2014 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) training sessions, he emerged one of the best in Sound for Film and Cinematography respectively and won the festival’s talent development scholarship in 2014.
In 2015, he 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. In 2016, he embarked on his debut social and human interest documentary project. The story on which the documentary is based was scripted, casted and shot in 2016 courtesy of a seed grant by Ford Foundation, underwritten by Africa International Film Festival’s talent development initiative.
That reenactment cuts for this stand-aloneshort docudrama which has screened at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) in San Jose, California; the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Victoria Island, Lagos; Realtime International Film Festival in Maryland, Lagos; Lake International Pan African Film Festival in Nakaru, Kenya and Bhagwan Birsa Munda International Tribal Film Festival, Mumbai, India.

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Director Statement

One of the liberties we enjoy as filmmakers is the ability to address issues of social import in creative and non confrontational ways. Our chosen art form affords us leeways to harness our craft’s tools towards cultural strategies that serve purposes of social relevance. This is my primary attraction to the social justice sub genre of documentary filmmaking and, as is the case here, why I lead my team to produce this piece that speaks to the injustice in question.
I am of the opinion that though stories are creative constructs that may be attempted by any storyteller, those immersed in an experience represent it more authentically. So in rewriting this story for screen (having lived in a rural subsistent community) I deliberately weave in themes relevant to livelihood and relationships in such settings; enterprise, survival, promiscuity, love - but more importantly, this threat that infringes on a fundamental human right.
My hope is that this work will not only draw attention to the value of storytelling and how this art can be harnessed to transform conditions that perpetuate the injustice in question but also expand opportunities for civic engagement against entrenched cultural narratives that undermine our personhood as humans. No activity, irrespective of it’s contribution to livelihood in a community, should be allowed to infringe on fundamental human rights.