Project 1: Night to fly
is the first of a generation
of movies that showcase
the plight, the trials and
tribulations of Africans
that reside in America. The
central theme of this first
movie is...
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“Night to fly” is the first of a generation of movies that showcase
the plight, the trials and tribulations of Africans that reside
in America. The central theme of this first movie is revenge.
The story examines the theme of revenge from two angles, a traditional
African angle and a Western angle. The movie is a window into the life
of Chima, an African medical student who gets murdered in an alley
in downtown Dallas while partying on his graduation night. Chima’s only
family in America is his elder brother, Ike and his cousin Doris. The
three of them are close so the two are

completely devastated by Chima’s death.The family’s first action is to
seek justice from the law. The actual murderers are arrested but are
released for lack of evidence and other reasons. This development infuriates
Doris whose views and perspectives in life are influenced by her traditional
African beliefs. Most Africans generally believe in an eye for an eye.
Ike on the other hand leans towards giving the law a chance to complete
their investigation and rein the murderers in again. Ike’s views are
influenced by the Western culture.An assassin called “The owl” is hired
by the family for an appointed night. On that night, pending a final word
from his employers, The Owl would supposedly fly and wreak vengeance
for the slain medical student. But would that final word be given? Would
Ike’s more Western views be strong enough to convince Doris that The
Owl was not the way to go? Would Doris’s more Traditional African
beliefs have Ike abandon his views and see that revenge was indeed
the way? Whatever the outcome, their lives would never be the same again.
The consequence of their decision that night they would have to live with
the restof their lives.

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