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NAFSI

Screenplay by
Teddy Gitau &
Charlie Kimilu
Based on a story by Joseph Magu
sent via WhatsApp by Michael Raphoni

Project Studio Creations Ltd.
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THE SETUP
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EXT. TOWN ALLEY - DAY

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Two street kids seated in a rough alleyway. The first, with
an almost empty bottle of glue firmly held against his nose
totally zoned out -- quite stereotypical.
GHOST
I don’t understand why you keep on
drawing those things. It’s never
gonna get you anywhere.
Beside him is another kid comfortably sprawled on the earth
floor of the public street absent mindedly working on some
artwork -- which is actually pretty good.
GHOST (CONT’D)
<Insert more off putting
conversation.>

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A dapper gentleman enters the alleyway in the background and
walks to a parked car. The man tosses his briefcase bag and
coat into the back seat of the vehicle all the while throwing
a wandering glance at the artist or the artwork. He bangs the
door shut and curiously approaches the artist.

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GHOST (CONT’D)
I think this guy is coming this
way.

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Clearly absorbed by his work the whole time, the artist, who
has the almost empty bottle of glue hanging from his mouth
finally looks up. The Man squats in front of the artist
offering him a fist bump.
THE MAN

(O.S.)

Hey!

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The artist hesitantly fist bumps him back without uttering a
word.

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THE MAN (CONT’D)
I’m Mike, what’s your name?

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The artist whispers something inaudible in response so The
Man prompts him to repeat but the artist wearily declines to
give an answer. The Man inquisitively moves forward with the
conversation.
THE MAN (CONT’D)
What’s that you’re drawing there?

Blue (10/29/2016)2.

THE ARTIST
I’m just drawing.
THE MAN
You are really good. How long have
you been doing it?

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THE ARTIST
I draw everyday.
THE MAN
(Impressed)
Everyday? Impressive.

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THE MAN (CONT’D)
So what do you do with your art? Is
there anymore?

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THE ARTIST

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Answer.
The man pulls out a wallet. He slips out a fresh thousand
shilling note and a business card. He however doesn’t hand
them to the artist just yet. The artist locks his stare on
the note in The Man’s hand.

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THE MAN
Ok. There’s something I want you to
do for me then.
The artist visually nods -THE MAN (CONT’D)
I want you to think about what you
consider to be your perfect world.
I then want you to put it down on
your canvas and bring it to me. Do
you understand?
The artist nods. The Man asks him to repeat the instructions.
When he’s done stammering through them, The Man hands the
artist the money which he swiftly pounces on. A beat -THE MAN (CONT’D)
This is for anything you might need
and your transport. And get
yourself some food as well. Now, do
you know how to read?
The artist shakes his head -THE ARTIST
Just a bit.

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Blue (10/29/2016)3.

The Man hands him the business card -THE MAN
Okay, look for this place when
you’re done. You’ll find me there
from Monday.
The artist looks down at the card as if trying to make out
the address.

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THE MAN (O.S.) (CONT’D)
Are we in agreement?

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When he looks up The Man has stretched out his hand. The
artist gives him his hand and they shake on it --

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THE ARTIST
Yes.
THE MAN
I’m looking forward to seeing it,
see you then.

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The Man gets up and walks back to his car under the constant
gaze of the artist. The car reverses into the street and
disappears up or down the road.

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Dumbfounded, the artist sits there looking down at the cash
and the card trying to understand his sheer luck.

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THE RESPONSE
The ghost slowly steps up in front of the artist prompting
him to look up -GHOST
What was that about?
He spots the cash in the artist’s hand -GHOST (CONT’D)
That is money.
Obviously? The ghost stretches out his hand -GHOST (CONT’D)
Can I see it?
The artist pulls back and his body language gets defensive.
GHOST (CONT’D)
Look, that’s a lot of money. We can
share.

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The ghost gets more aggressive escalating the conversation to
a physical struggle between the two. Wrestling on the ground,
he overpowers the artist and snatches the note. Child’s play,
the artist tries to put up a fight but he is pinned.
Acknowledging the futility of his efforts, he doesn't get up
and simply watches as his betrayer makes off with the cash.

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The artist just lies there --

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MATCH CUT TO:

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INT./EXT. POST OFFICE - MORNING

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Lying on the on cold concrete floor, the artist is woken up
by a watchman with a baton poking in his face. Sleep time is
up kid, get outta here. He picks up his wears one by one and
slowly leaves -- the watchman is served tea by a street
vendor.

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THE ATTACK
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EXT. TOWN ROAD - MORNING
Just a few steps away and the artist meets the ghost.
<Charlie will attempt to explain the reaction.> The artist
pauses for a moment and pushes on forward. The ghost tails
him -GHOST
(Scoffs)
Next time make sure you put up a
better fight.
The artist walks on -- non responsive -- as the ghost
follows.
GHOST (CONT’D)
Anyway listen, I don’t fancy your
blind leap of faith. I think we
should go back.
The artist walks on still non responsive. He never even
acknowledges the ghost’s presence.
GHOST (CONT’D)
You’ve got no money, no artwork,
you’re hungry, with a very long way
to go. Be logical. This is a wild
goose chase or even a trap.
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GHOST (CONT’D)
He has another agenda.So out of all
the artists in this world, he
preferred you? A chokoraa? Let’s
say you miraculously manage to
create this artwork.

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They make a halt. They are standing at a junction next to a
rest stop with parked trucks.

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THE ARTIST
I guess we’ll have find out..

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INT. SALOON CAR - MORNING

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A truck drives onto the road from the rest stop and guess
who’s hitching a free ride on the back?

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THE JOURNEY

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- Mkokoteni

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- Past the petrol station

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- Athi River 39 Bridge

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- Railway

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- Athi River Interchange

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- REMEMBER: All the while the artist works on the artwork and
the painting is strapped to his back in a katana fashion any
time he is walking.

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- A sunset time lapse

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THE RESOLUTION
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INT. OFFICE - DAY

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A framed old photograph of a young street kid standing in
front of a rehab centre.

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The artist is seated on the other side of the desk, alone in
the office. The door opens and The Man walks in. He greets
the boy who then hands him the artwork. The Man gazes upon it
and marvels at its beauty congratulating the boy by literally
patting him on the back.

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THE MAN
This is perfect.
With the painting still in hand, the man leans back on the
wall directly facing the artist.

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THE MAN (CONT’D)
How old are you?
THE ARTIST
Age .
The man slowly nods.
THE MAN
You know, if there’s one thing
that’s certain in this life, it’s
death. But I believe we all have a
purpose to fulfil, before moving on
to the next life.
The man lets his words sink in.
THE MAN (CONT’D)
When you let go of what you are,
you grow in to what you might have
been. Understanding your purpose
separates you from the hopeless.
A beat.
THE MAN (CONT’D)
Now, answer me this; if I set you
on a path that will give you a
sense of purpose, will you journey
to the end?
The artist is unsure but still nods.
THE MAN (CONT’D)
Good. I will buy you all the
supplies you need to nurture your
art, but I’ll need something from
you in return.
The artist’s confused.
THE MAN (CONT’D)
Yes, I’m offering you another deal.
The man picks up a filled out form, for a rehab centre, and
hands it to the artist, plus a pen.

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THE MAN (CONT’D)
I need you to go to rehab.
The artist reads the form, contemplates.
THE MAN (CONT’D)
Sometimes we need to lose the small
battles in order to win the war.
A beat.
The artist eventually writes down his name on the rehab form.
The man smiles.
They shake hands. It's a deal!
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EXT. STREETS, NEWSPAPER STAND - DAY

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Newspapers on a stand.

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Somewhere on the front-page of one of the papers is an
Article: Art refined. From grass to grace. Interview with an
artist whose brush-strokes are making waves throughout the
continent.
Accompanying the article is a picture of an the smiling
artist.

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A beat later, two pairs of feet walk past the newspaper
stand. It’s the artist and the ghost. They’ve both cleaned up
-- cleaned up nice.

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GHOST
I never doubted you my guy but I
should also be on that cover.

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The artist smiles. They walk for a beat and ambient acoustic
guitar music slowly fills the air. The ghost points to the
guy playing the guitar on the street.
GHOST (CONT’D)
Who does he remind you of?

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The artist nods to the music. They watch the guy perform.
When he’s done the artist, alone, walks over to the guy and
hands him a thousand shilling note plus his business card -CUT TO BLACK

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