‘Crescent’ is a socially responsible story about the world of sickle cell patients; the pains, emotional trauma and lackadaisical attitudes of health care workers toward the sufferings of the victims.
The movie, produced and directed by Adaora Nwodo, beamed the lens on a lone doctor’s quest in changing the narrative in the care of sickle-cell anaemia patients but is suddenly hit by the reality that she could not do it alone owing to the level of corruption in the system.
The stigmatization being suffered by these patients from the society is bad enough, but when the of last hope of the victims, which is the health care system, also turns to be a dangerous den that speeds up their journeys to the graves, then it becomes a great concern for all stakeholders to put all hands on deck to ameliorate their sufferings.
The doctor, played by Michelle Dede, was transferred to Nigeria to practise at the hospital but is weighed down by the so many issues; the deplorable state of provision of good healthcare being the major problem.
Crescent also, in a way, reveals the dangers inherent in corruption; and how its ripple effect can destroy lives, families and other things.
The sickle cell awareness movie starred Ivie Okujaye, Iyke Okechukwu, Chima “Chigul” Omeruah, Ayoola Ayolola, Michelle Dede, Wole Ojo Yakubu Mohammed, and Adaora Nwodo herself.
The movie also starred Dino Melaye, a Nigerian politician, a Senator and member of the 9th National Assembly, representing Kogi West Senatorial district, whose appearance in the movie left some aftertaste and kept me scratching my head as to how he managed to appear in a movie meant to be speaking directly to his likes?
It is, however, not all gloomy in ‘Crescent’. In spite of being a very relatable and emotional movie, it manages to add romance, true love, selflessness and good parenting.
At the end of the day, Adaora Nwodo was able to produce a movie requiring the government and the society as a whole to pay more attention to the menace of sickle-cell anaemia and adverse psychological effects has on the patients and their families.
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