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Chatroom set for release in cinemas


Chatroom, an inspiring story of hope and triumph set against the backdrop of an original TV Dance reality show, is set for release in cinemas across Nigeria.

Produced by Peju Fadirepo, directed by Chike Ibekwe, and Adesuwa Onyenokwe as Associate Producer, Chartroom which will be released first quarter of 2020, according to the producers, is the story of a young girl enters a TV reality show contest as a means to escape the haunting ghost of her past and her present deprivation.

However, an incident in the house forces her to go back to the past she had tried to forget and further reveal a disturbing secret that would throw the entire nation into shock.

The hilarious experiences in the house turn the table in an unexpected way bound to keep audiences in stitches and at the edges of their chairs at the same time.

The movie parades an array of popular and award-winning actors, musicians and comedians such as Odunlade Adekola, Omawunmi Megbele, Jephthah Bowotoaka Akpororo, RonyaMan, Sambasa Nzeribe, Tony Umez, Nengi Adoki, Vivian Anani, Ibrahim Suleiman, Ghanaian actor, Kobby Acheampong, Camerounian actor and dancer, Lea Dibebe, Damilare Kuku etc.

“Ebiere is a young single mother. Burdened by the weight of her past, current depravity and challenge of coping with a four-year old. She is almost a reflection of diamond in the rough. She is a young lady that has been subdued by life’s harsh incidents; one that attracts both empathy and stigmatism. Ebiere’s story and ultimate journey was developed to give a voice to so many who have been silenced by the stigma of abuse and possibly usher in a new life of openness and triumph rather than that of misery and defeatism,” the director, Ibekwe, said.

According to him, Chatroom is set inside a reality show house with nine other housemates of diverse backgrounds and characters that gives the movie a comedic feel largely due to the characters and their personas in the house. “Ebiere’s mood and personality brings a mix match of drama and comedy in the movie which reflects what life is.

“Sexual harassment in the workplace and home front is a global problem. Those affected, mostly females more than males, young or old, end up both physically and mentally broken with some suicidal. Victims are psychologically and emotionally traumatized and thrown into a lifelong hole of self-pity and silence. The movie is embellished with lighthearted scenarios creating humor that lightens up the mood to a very serious issue. This is a deliberate attempt at ensuring the audience find it a thoroughly entertaining yet intriguing watch as they go on the journey with Ebiere.

Ebiere’s story is a call to ‘break the silence’.”

Chatroom is a story of pain, joy, happiness and above all, a story of self-discovery, re-discovery and triumph. A story of how barriers can be broken by the power of one’s voice.

Chatroom is produced by dynamic audio-visual producers with titles that have screened in some parts of Europe and Africa and aired on DSTV, HITV and a number of local TV stations.

The movie is supported by the Bank of Industry and Sterling Bank.

Chike Ibekwe studied filmmaking at London Film Academy and Script Development and Production at Deutsche Welle (DWAKADMIE). He is also a graduate of Business Administration and Management from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.

He was a finalist in the maiden edition of the MNET New Directions Script Writing Initiative in 1997, with his short film script titled BEST OF FRIENDS. He is also a 2015 Durban Film Mart Alumni.

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