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The Team - Episode 7: Under Pressure
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The Team - Episode 7: Under Pressure
The team pulls together to help Kezia's brother Rodez, who is in critical condition in the hospital after suffering a beating fueled by ethnic conflict. As the world around them is consumed by violence and hatred, Imani FC begins to look past their differences and act as one team.
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Segment 1

COACH
Oli.
OLI
Yes coach?
COACH
What's going on?
OLI
What do you mean?
COACH
You burned your law books.
OLI
Yes I did.
COACH
Why?
OLI
I want to focus on football. Because last time I checked, this is a football camp, not a law school camp, right?
COACH
Oli, I'm concerned about you. We both know you have a passion for law.
OLI
But I also have a passion for football.
COACH
But law is your future, isn't it?
OLI
What exactly is your point?
COACH
Tell me about the bonfire.
OLI
With all due respect, I don't think this is something you would understand. Just let it go.
COACH
Its okay Oliver. You're free to go. But when you need someone to talk to, you know where to find me.
OLI
I’m sorry coach, but I won't need to talk. Sorry.
COACH
Oli?
OLI
Yes coach?
COACH
My wife was killed right in from of my eyes. That is the worst nightmare I have had to live with. They asked her a question in their language, and of course she couldn’t answer. That’s when they --
OLI
I’m really sorry.
KEZIA
Do you have a moment?
BETH
Hi Kezia, have a seat.
KEZIA
I really need to talk to you.
BETH
You've come to the right person. What do you wish to talk about?
KEZIA
My brother Rodez. I’m really scared.
BETH
He'll make it through. And so will you.
KEZIA
He better. He's the only family I have.
BETH
What about your parents?
KEZIA
My dad is as good as dead to me.
BETH
And your mother?
KEZIA
Mommy says we remind her of daddy.
BETH
I see.
KEZIA
I really wish it were daddy instead of Rodez.
BETH
Kezia! You don't mean that.
KEZIA
I do.
BETH
You're just worried about Rodez's condition.
KEZIA
I'm really scared Beth. What if he doesn’t make it?
BETH
This will work out. You're not alone in this. You’ll see.
KEZIA
I really hope so.
BETH
Don’t worry. It will be fine.
COACH
Look Oli, I know what you are feeling. Especially seeing this violence.
OLI
Its okay, I’ll handle this.
COACH
That's what I said in the beginning. Oli, right now you may not need to talk, but whenever you need to talk to someone, I will be there for you.
OLI
Never mind. I’ll be fine.
COACH
Johari.
JOHARI
Yes coach.
COACH
How are you doing?
JOHARI
I’m fine.
COACH
Lulu, here's Johari. Maybe you can tell her why you don't want to study.
JOHARI
What? You don't want to study?
COACH
Can you try and talk some sense into her Johari? For some reason, nowadays she seems to listen to you.
JOHARI
I'll do my best coach. So why don't you want to study?
LULU
Because it's boring! I want to play football like you.
JOHARI
That's very nice of you, but even I had to go to school just like you.
LULU
You mean at the IDP camp?
JOHARI
Yes, at the IDP camp.
LULU
What does IDP stand for?
JOHARI
IDP stands for Internally Displaced Persons.
LULU
And what does that mean?
JOHARI
It means people who have been sent away from their homes.
LULU
But why would anyone want to chase you away from your home? You are so nice.
JOHARI
You too Lulu. But some people would say you are not nice just because you don’t speak like them or come from the same tribe as them.
LULU
Johari?
JOHARI
Yes Lulu?
LULU
Thanks for being my friend even though we are not from the same part of the country.
JOHARI
You mean you and me are not from the same part of country? Oh no! I have to get away from this monster from a different part of the country!
PRIEST
Stop talking to me, its time for money.
TINA
Finish up and get going.
PRIEST
Money is money.
BEN
If you have my debt, pay up.
PRIEST
Tina, come here. Tonight at the pitch there is a pepetathon. I want you to come.
TINA
Yeah, I will come.
PRIEST
You will come? Come here. Why are you rushing past like that? Tonight there is a pepetathon at the pitch. Will you guys come?
JACKIE
Cool, we will be there.
PREIST
But it won’t be for fun. Don’t miss it. It’s juggling tonight.
JACKIE
Okay, cool.
PRIEST
You just say cool and then you don’t show up. Ben, come here. Look, tonight there is a pepetathon at the pitch from seven p.m. onwards. Don’t fail me guys. You guys look happy. Abbas, tonight there is a pepetathon at the pitch.
ABBAS
Who is doing the juggling?
PRIEST
Me, of course.
ABBAS
That will be mayhem!
PRIEST
Do this; sign this quickly so we can leave.
ABBAS
I’ll make sure I bring my camcorder.
PRIEST
Will you come with it? Don’t miss it, especially you. Don’t miss it my man. Oli, come. How are you? Look, tonight there is a pepetathon at the pitch.
OLI
Exactly what does this pepetathon entail?
PRIEST
This is easy. I’ll juggle the ball for one hour, and if I don’t drop it you will each give a thousand shillings to pay Kezia’s brother’s hospital bill.
OLI
And if you drop the ball?
PRIEST
If I drop the ball, you will all give out five hundred shillings, and I will give out all of my allowance.
OLI
Sounds fair.
PRIEST
I will give out all of my allowance. Don’t worry.
OLI
Trust me Priest. I'm giving a thousand whether you drop the ball or not.
PRIEST
Really? You’re my boy. We’ve come a long way.
COP 1
Will you tell us or not?
PRIEST
I don’t have anything to say.
COP 2
Why are you disrespectful to the boss?
PRIEST
I don’t have any problems with anybody.
COP 1
I don’t know why the coach thinks that you are a good player.
PRIEST
Maybe he is right.
COP 2
Who told you to speak?
COP 1
Listen, I have talked to the coach and told him that you should not be on the team. But we have made a deal.
PRIEST
What deal?
COP 2
Who told you to speak?
COP 1
Don’t worry, but part of it is that you tell us who your associates are.
PRIEST
Honestly, there is nobody.
COP 1
If you don’t tell us about your associates there will be serious trouble, if you know what I mean.
COACH'S MOTHER
Lulu! What behavior is that? Stop being silly and eat your food. This is why I keep saying your father is not raising you properly. You have not respect for grownups.
JOHARI
Guys, are you ready?
TEAM
Yes!
JOHARI
Priest, are you ready?
PRIEST
Yes!
JOHARI
Let’s go!
LULU
Then I chased her across the pitch. Then we got so tired we had to rest. And then she told me that I should study because I am very lucky. She told me about how she went to the IDP camp.
COACH’S MOTHER
Eat. Your food is getting cold. Lulu, you were saying that Johari was in an IDP camp?
LULU
Yes, she and her brother.
COACH’S MOTHER
Then Johari has suffered.
LULU
Yes. Imagine their books and clothes all burned. In the IDP camp there were no lights, so Johari could not read at night. Tonight I will study.
COACH’S MOTHER
Johari must be an angel!
LULU
No, she not an angel, but she is my friend even if she is from a different tribe.
COACH’S MOTHER
You are saying that Johari is not of our tribe?
TEAM
Priest! Priest! Priest! Five, four, three, two, one. Yes!
COACH'S MOTHER
Hello, welcome home my son.
COACH
How are you?
COACH'S MOTHER
Fine.
COACH
How was your day?
COACH’S MOTHER
It was okay. How are the players?
COACH
They are well.
COACH’S MOTHER
That is good to hear. We have eaten and Lulu has gone to bed.
COACH
Good.
COACH’S MOTHER
Have you eaten?
COACH
Yes, I ate at school.
COACH’S MOTHER
That is good.
COACH
Thanks mum.
COACH’S MOTHER
Why didn’t you tell me that Johari is from the other tribe?
COACH
Why should I tell you? Who is Johari to you?
COACH’S MOTHER
It’s just that Lulu looks up to her. I wouldn’t want Lulu to follow a different culture.
COACH
Mum please, I am very tired. I can’t deal with your issues tonight.
COACH’S MOTHER
That is okay. But make sure that you deal with them tomorrow.
COACH
Ma, what do you want me to do?
COACH’S MOTHER
I don’t know, but I don’t want her to be around Lulu so much.
COACH
I don’t want Lulu to have hatred in her heart.
COACH’S MOTHER
No, it isn’t that son. It’s just that those people, when you promote them to captain, tomorrow they’ll want to be president.
KEZIA
Priest, who taught you how to juggle like that?
PRIEST
What’s that? “Juggler?” That’s a personal talent. I was born with it. I know I got you guys there! Isn’t it? Mayhem!
KEZIA
Yes Priest, you got me there. Priest, you are an angel.
PRIEST
What?
KEZIA
My friend, you are an angel. And help me with your cigarette.
PRIEST
You said I’m what?
KEZIA
An angel.
PRIEST
Kezia, you say I’m an angel? Which angel smokes bhang? An angel who takes weed? Kezia, you are not serious.
KEZIA
And one who breaks all the school rules.
PRIEST
All of them.
KEZIA
Apart from that, help me with your phone.
PREIST
Phone? Girl, that’s where you’ve gone wrong.
KEZIA
Please. Priest, you are my friend.
PRIEST
What if you are caught with this thing?
KEZIA
I won’t, I promise.
PRIEST
Kezia, if they discover the phone you will be caught, please be careful.
KEZIA Okay thanks. >> PRIEST
Be careful, if you get caught I get caught too.
KEZIA
Thanks.
PRIEST
An angel who takes weed? Preisterera.
KEZIA
I’m coming. I won’t be long.
PRIEST
Yes.
KEZIA
Rodez, get well soon.
MR. BUKENYA
Ladies and gentlemen of the press. Thank you for making it here today.
KEZIA
Let’s go.
PRIEST
Look, look.
KEZIA
What? This is our team.
PRIEST
That is Abbas.
KEZIA
And that is Johari. What are they doing with Bukenya?
BUKENYA
I have convened this press conference to condemn the attack on Rodez. He is the brother of Kezia, who plays on my team, Imani FC. I am doing all I can to help Kezia in this very, very difficult time. He is in critical condition, but stable. This is such a tragedy, I must say, and I would like to make a call to the end of such violence. Well I will let them speak for themselves. Johari.
JOHARI
For me, tribal violence is real; it is here with us. I have been personally affected by the tribal violence, and we lost everything.
JOURNALIST 1
So winning the scholarship must be very important to you?
JOHARI
Yes it is, but not only for me. It is important for the rest of the players.
JOURNALIST 1
Even to you Abbas?
ABBAS
Yes. Why not?
JOURNALIST 2
Abbas, is it true that you got onto this team only because of your father's money?
ABBAS
I got onto this team because I am a good football player. But having said that, it is true that money makes the world go round, and it doesn't hurt that I have access to it. Actually, to a lot of it.
BUKENYA
And speaking about money, I would like to point out that this is the best-paid team in this region. There is no other co-ed team in this competition that pays their players an allowance of 2,000 shilling per week, per week.
JOHARI
Um, sir, you mean 1,500 shillings?
BUKENYA
No Johari. I said 2,000 shillings.
KEZIA
These people aren’t serious.
JOURNALIST 1
So which one is it, is it 1,500 or 2,000?
BUKENYA
I said two thousand shillings.
PRIEST
We must tell everyone. This isn’t possible.
KEZIA
This is a joke. Let’s listen to Bukenya.
BUKENYA
Right, so that’s it. Thank you very much. It’s very trying times, thank you for making it here.
PRIEST
Let’s go.
KEZIA
Yes, let’s go.
PRIEST
So it’s two thousand shillings.