By Keji Oluwabukunmi
Not Right is the debut from Judith Audu Productions, a Lagos based content production outfit. The short film, a ten-minute affair, focuses on the dangers in the recurring incidence of violence against women in the country and the need for women to speak up.
The film is preoccupied with the need for women to speak up and run for dear life when the situation gets out of hand, an approach to which the director is definitely entitled.
And he does fairly well in his treatment of this approach. Kunmi, (Omowumi Dada) receives regular beatings, sometimes with the use of dangerous items, from her husband Kola (Phillips Festus). Yet the pregnant Kunmi remains in denial. She finds solace with Tade( Ani Iyoho) and Funmi(Judith Audu), a happy couple who laugh and gist about the troubles in the home of their ever quarreling neighbor.
Funmi warns her friend and neighbour: “how would a man do this to a pregnant woman. He will kill you one day o.” She offers reasons why Kunmi needs to speak out and leave the man who has turned her into a punching bag. Kunmi, however, always has a reason why she will not report her husband to anyone, why marriage is for better for worse and why pressure, including her husband’s loss of job and the coming baby account for his sudden violent nature. “He hasn’t always been like that… He is a nice man.”
Of course it happens late into the night one day. Kola gets angry, breaks a bottle, smashes the wife’s head on the dining table so hard it is audible in the next flat. He then stabs her somehow. Next, Kunmi lies on the floor bleeding, if not dead, and evidently losing her pregnancy.
This suspenseful end gives the filmmaker a number of possibilities, and leaves the audience guessing. Sadly the husband is nowhere around when Funmi and her husband come in to find a table fork tucked into their friend
Directed byby Uduak-Ubong Patrick, this short film creates atmosphere with its use of music, camera and quality acting.