Paradigm Initiative (PIN), a pan-African social enterprise working to advance digital rights and inclusion in Africa, released its second and latest short film titled Focus on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.
Focus is directed by acclaimed filmmaker, Tolulope Ajayi, and produced by Up In The Sky, a creative and production agency based in Lagos. The short film creatively explores in a cinematic form PIN’s 2020 annual digital rights and inclusion report dubbed Londa, which depicts the state of digital rights and inclusion in 20 African countries.
It stars Moshood Fattah, Genoveva Umeh, Medo-Panda, Alice Faith Wanjiku, Anganati Kupiso, Maggie Osueme, Leo Ojie, Princess Umukoro, Desmond Bryce, Nnenna Udeh, Benjamin Abejide Adeniran, Anaekee Austine and Sunday Bukola.
The movie Focus is PIN’s second short film after the widely-regarded first short film, Training Day, and marks a continuation of the organisation’s innovative trend to harness the power of story-telling in raising awareness on its research findings and spurring citizen-led actions on the protection of digital rights and government accountability.
Focus accentuates the importance of citizen vigilance in confronting and halting the disturbing wave of restrictive policies enacted across several countries in Africa to constrict social spaces online, muffle speech, and subvert online mobilisation and democratic movements.
The short film was released on YouTube and you can watch it below.