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Smokescreen hits Screen in Abuja

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Having completed its post-production, Smokescreen, a Nollywood movie that advocates family values, good parenting and depicts the dangers of domestic violence against women, recently made screening debut in Abuja. The star-studded movie produced by Vincent Ogbuehi premiered at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja.

Directed by ace Nollywood filmmaker, Emeka Onwukwe (Dede), the movie parades the likes of Ogbuehi, Orduen Apel, Jenny Martins and ace Nollywood thespians Empress Njamah. Others are Chucks Chyke, Paul Apel-Papel, Mariah Ugabasi, Ene Okwulu, Chidi Benjamin and Ubong Martins.

Set in the city of Abuja, Smokescreen tells the story of Brenda (Empress) and George (Chuks), a successful couple with three children, who almost lost everything because of misplaced priorities. Brenda is a workaholic Bank Manager, who does not have time for her family and left the care of her home in the hand of a kind but dangerous housemaid.

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The consequences of her actions and the intrigues that follow are what make Smokescreen entertaining, educative and lessons-filled.

It was an evening of glitz and glamour, as both cast and crew of the movie, as well as entertainment industry watchers and players in the FCT, witnessed the screening of the movie. The event, which was hosted by sensational standup comedian Chuks D General, also featured comedians and music artistes that trilled the audience to scintillating performances.

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Speaking to newsmen, director of the movie, Onwukwe (Dede), said it was conceived to drive positive family values and parenting, as well speak against domestic violence on women.

“The social value of the film is that it advocates against domestic violence against women and also brings to fore the need for gender equality and good parenting. It is a dramatic piece that mirrors the life of four friends, who are caught in the web of deceit as they conceal some secrets about themselves, but in the long run, their secrets were actually revealed.

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“Their actions is an apt metaphor of the name Smokescreen, the more you look, the less you see. Unfortunately for them, the haze got demystified and their true nature was exposed. The good thing is that at the end of the day, the film proffers redemption for one’s mistake,” he said.

To add a further kick to the evening, the producers feature a 9-min short film on suicide, which is intended to support the advocacy against that self-inflicted human crime.

According to Vincent, “Smokescreen is a Drama that unfolds with a lot of humor and at the same time showcases elements of passion, intrigue, ambition and power struggles.”

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