Small chops are the integral parts of the food ceremony at parties and gatherings in Nigerian culture - where to satiate the hunger of your guests, they are presented with tasty, delicious treats before the main course is served. These are known as canapes, finger food or hors d’oeurves in other cultures. This is a story about the sweet, but synaptic parts of friendships - the small chops.
The team at Seven Black Women, are working to produce a short film on a Socio-Political narrative exploring female friendship and also addressing the sensitive, topical issues of safety for women and asking, Can women walk in the street and feel safe & free to be themselves in todays society?
Human beings long to be understood. To belong. To build communion and companionship with others. It is said that this feels just as good as the sweet sounds of plantain frying - pure unadulterated joy.
Chinwe and Leanna are friends, turned sisters. The seams of their beings coalesce to a point where finishing the ends of each other’s sentences is a feature as constant as breathing. Although different in character, they are invested in each other’s lives and like family, they always find a way to make things work.
Fatigued with the monotony of their usual activities, they assign each other a single task to invigorate their latest meetup and plan to do something they have not attempted before.
Chinwe, punctual as usual, encounters an eerie stranger whilst awaiting Leanna’s arrival at an underground station. She dismisses this event and when Leanna arrives, they venture across London together till they reach their final destination - the oldest red telephone box.
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Small Chops connected with me, as initially reading it you see it’s a story about friendship, sisterhood & creating memories together. It has a warm tone, as it illustrates two friends going on an adventure together who haven’t met up in a while. As someone who is passionate about telling stories through the eyes of Africans & the diaspora, It’s important for us to tell stories involving women from different backgrounds, and share their experiences. The script shows us a relationship that has built over time, and the small nuances which make us relate to it as people from various cultural backgrounds.
Furthermore, the story takes an unexpected turn throughout the journey they both go on, and we see the tone gradually change as one friend begins to feel this unwelcoming presence. So we are not only illustrating this lovely relationship between two friends, but also highlighting the dangers that us women face, and can be subject too. I believe there are so many critical points to take from this piece, and illustrating this through the two protagonists point of view, will really shine light onto areas that aren’t really spoken about on screen. This piece definitely brings awareness to issues that women specifically can face, and allow us as an audience to explore this retrospectively.
I believe as we have the right team to put this together, we will be able to create a visually & emotionally moving piece which could really impact those who watch it. Thank you for coming to our page, and we appreciate you helping us towards our funding goal!
Ngzoi Fulani, the Chief Executive at Sistah Space:
a specialist domestic violence charity supporting African and Caribbean women and girls, said that missing person’s cases involving black women need to be treated with the same urgency as white women.
“We have had no response from the media. Not too long ago, we had another woman who was tragically murdered by the point she was missing, nobody knew what had happened to her. But all the media outlets took it up. What’s the difference between the two of them? One is black and one is white. When it comes to black women, there is no urgency,” - Ngzoi Fulani for 'The Voice' Newspaper (22/07/22).