Set in 1967 during the Nigerian civil war, ‘The Encounter’ gives a glimpse into what could possibly be the last conversation between Emmanuel Arinze Ifeajuna (who in 1954 became the first Nigerian and in fact the first African to win a gold medal at the Common Wealth Games) and General Emeka Ojukwu the leader of the Republic of Biafra.
Based on true events, the short film depicts the story of Emmanuel, a celebrated sports hero, who became one of the plotters of the 1966 coup d’état in Nigeria. Following the coup, he fled the country and eventually returned to be part of the Biafran army. Not long after, Ojukwu sentenced him to death for treason and on September 22, 1967, he was killed by a firing squad.
The Encounter stars Gregory Ojefua, Amarachukwu Onoh and Stan Nze, was produced by Ekene Mekwunye, with screenplay written by Egbemawei Sammy and Frederick Anyaegbunam. The short film is based on the short story of the same title written by historian, Henry Chukwuemeka Onyema and was directed by Tolu Ajayi.
I have always been captivated by the effectiveness of short films when handled properly and The Encounter does not disappoint one bit.
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