Critical Assignment


Critical Assignment

Action drama starring Cleveland Mitchell. A journalist writing an article on the African water shortage uncovers links with government corruption and the international arms trade.


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CLANKING

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CAMERA SHUTTER WHIRRS

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GUNFIRE Argh!

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It seems certain that the militia will gain the upper hand in these hostilities...

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The militia have taken over the main road leading into town...

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GUNFIRE DROWNS OUT SPEECH

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..Shows no sign of abating.

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Reporting form the front line - this is Ed Johnson for GSN.

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GUNFIRE

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GUNFIRE RICOCHETS Argh!

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Go! Go!

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SHOUTING AND SHOOTING

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GUNFIRE

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-Come on, come on, come on.

-You've gotta move!

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-I've been hit.

-There's a bomb.

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Go, go, go! Get out of here.

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BEEPING

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The recipient has gone beyond the realms of journalism,

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by showing that there is more to our sense of purpose

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then just getting the scoop.

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Ladies and gentlemen, fellow journalists,

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the special Journalist Of Merit Award

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goes to Africa's own... Michael Power.

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WHISTLING

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Congratulations.

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Well done.

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APPLAUSE Well deserved.

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Thank you very much. Thank you.

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Most of us, not just journalists,

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everyone, we look, but we do not see.

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We listen, but we do not hear.

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We talk, wow!

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How we talk...

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but we do not always communicate.

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To communicate what is true, what is valuable and right,

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to believe in that -

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that is the challenge we all share.

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I'm very proud to be a journalist.

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To be rewarded for it, well...

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that's a wonderful and unexpected bonus.

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I thank you all so very much.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Congratulations. Good to see you.

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Laura and I were hoping you'd stick around long enough to come over for dinner.

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-I'd love to, but...

-Another story?

-Always.

-Are you gonna tell me what?

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Global water crisis, Time magazine.

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That's some story, eh?

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You know, half the world's population's affected by it.

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The other half ought to do something about it.

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So where do you start?

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Hmm, a wonderful land.

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A place with a future.

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My own backyard, Africa.

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# I've been away for so long I wonder

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# If the sound of the drum still has its power

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# Bam, bam, bam, bam

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# I've been away for so long I wonder

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# Bam, bam, bam, bam, bam

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# If the sound of the drum still has its power

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# Bam, bam, bam, bam, bam... #

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MUSIC CONTINUES: "The Sound Of The Drums" by Angelique Kidjo

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Now we come to the final matter on the agenda -

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the defence budget contract...

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..with a total of five hundred million US dollars.

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Minister for Defence, honourable Patrick Lambert.

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Mr President, after carefully assessing the tenders submitted,

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the most competitive are from the companies De Facto and Arms Link.

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However, as I explained to Secretary Ojuka,

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I favour Arms Link due to their additional seven year service agreement.

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I do endorse the view of the Minister.

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What a travesty!

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Five hundred million dollars...

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to spend on stockpiling arms and weapons of destruction

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when 60% of our population lacks clean water.

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I have with my own eyes

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seen the suffering of our people, the lack of basic amenities

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such as drinking water...

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causing illness, death and untold hardship.

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At any one time, half of our people are suffering

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from illnesses that come from the basic lack of clean water

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and proper sanitation.

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Minister, would you want to elaborate?

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We simply haven't enough funds to meet the medical demands.

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This is preventable.

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Do you realise that for every ten armoured tanks that you have,

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we can buy 50 bulldozers,

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every fighter plane, we can lay 10,000 miles of pipe work

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and for all the thousands of rifles that we have,

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we can provide 10,000 water pumps?

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In the absence of any threat to this country's stability,

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I refuse to waste millions of dollars on arms.

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As of now, the defence budget is shelved.

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We'll reallocate the funds

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towards the commissioning of the Water For All project.

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Ladies and gentlemen, we can fill

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our own glasses of water whenever we want.

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Let's not take that for granted...

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ever.

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'Africa Airlines flight 343...'

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-Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome.

->

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-It is a great honour for me to address you this afternoon.

->

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-My corporation is bringing the world together

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by making technology available that will breach the gap

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between cultures, peoples and languages.

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When launching my scheme...

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-Michael!

-How are you doing?

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Great, how was Chicago?

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It was good. Ed sends his love.

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-Oh!

-I noticed Thomas Rhines

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has managed to slip quietly into the country.

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Quietly doesn't get you headlines, does it?

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..The shortest distance between people.

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-Where's Jomo?

-One guess.

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-Football?

-Hh-hmm.

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-Listen, I'll catch you later.

-See you, baby.

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..Will be the National Grammar School here.

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I've always loved Mother Africa.

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-She's always given me so much pleasure.

->

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-And indeed, it feels good to give back.

->

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I often say that in my heart,

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I'm an African in European skin.

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APPLAUSE

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Michael, you're back!

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Jomo, you're late.

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Sorry, the match went into extra time and you know what?

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-It was still a draw.

-Oh, come on! You're telling me

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-that I had to listen to Thomas Rhines for the sake of a draw?

-No, no, no!

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You had to stay and listen to Thomas Rhines in expectation of victory.

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Mango Bar tonight, you, me and Anita.

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-Six o'clock, OK?

-Cool.

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HE SINGS

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# Oh, baby

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# Do you really wanna fight?

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# Are you sure you wanna see it?

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# Ah, ah, oh-oh... #

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Oh, no, welcome home.

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CHEERING

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You and Jomo set this up?

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You have no idea how much trouble you're in.

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You didn't expect to get away without a celebration, did you?

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No, but didn't you guys ever stop and wonder what the hell you were doing

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when all these bullets were zipping around?

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-There were bullets zipping around?

-Yes!

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You should have told me.

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The danger, you don't really feel it when you're in the middle of it.

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Michael, I know the feeling, it's just like being an accountant.

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THEY GUFFAW

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If your time is up, it's up. Accidents do happen.

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I never see them coming.

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I'm so pleased you're here.

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-You know Jomo.

-Nice to see you again, Madam.

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Guys, excuse us just a second.

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And how's my favourite protege?

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I'm fine. I've even brought you something back.

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Chocolates?

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This is for you.

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Oh, no, Michael, I can't!

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-You earned it.

-I insist.

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Anita, I sometimes worry that you guys are not coming back.

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We will always come back, this is our home.

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Yeah, I know it's our home but...

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What if something happens to him?

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-Or you?

-Michael knows what he's doing.

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Let's celebrate that.

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Cheers!

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So how are things at the Editor's desk?

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Hectic.

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The President's water project has caused quite a stir.

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And so your water story could become quite controversial.

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That's what makes headlines.

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It's uncanny.

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You're always in the right place at the right time.

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A good teacher.

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SHE CHUCKLES

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I have been inundated with e-mails and phone calls

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from all over the world.

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I even got a call from some stressed-out American

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demanding a meeting.

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HORN BEEPS

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-Benjy!

-Michael!

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Jump in.

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-Uncle George.

-Welcome home, Michael.

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Oh, Michael.

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Oh, you haven't been eating, you've lost weight again.

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Auntie Comfort, I eat all the time, honestly.

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No, no, no, you're way too thin.

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You know I'm never happy if I can still get my arms around you.

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-Welcome home.

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-Chief.

-Michael Power.

-How are you, sir?

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-Welcome...

-Thank you.

-..welcome home.

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Mr Marshall?

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Mr Marshall?

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Mr Marshall?

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Huh!

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Be good. Children, don't forget to wash your hands.

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-Nothing changes.

-Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

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So it is, can we eat?

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Let us honour Comfort by eating well.

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-Thank you, Chief.

-This is great, Aunt Comfort.

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-Thank you, Michael.

-Your work takes you further and further away these days, Michael.

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I follow the stories. It's not often that they come to you,

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but you'll be glad to know that my present assignment starts here.

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-Right here.

-Then you will be able to attend the village bazaar?

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I wouldn't miss it for the world.

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Ah! Good.

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No matter how long the tortoise's head is out,

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it must go back inside its shell.

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CHILDREN CHATTER

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Michael, the President's water thing...

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what does it mean?

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Basically, the government will buy the equipment,

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pipelines, water pumps, whatever's needed.

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But the key thing is, it's to be driven by the local communities.

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At last.

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You know who fetches the water in the dry season? Us women and the children.

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-It brings back memories.

-Oh, not good ones.

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-MOBILE RINGS

-Oh, who is that?

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He is eating with his family.

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Excuse me, please.

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I want one of those.

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Anita!

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What?!

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SIREN BLARES

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MONITOR BEEPS STEADILY

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The doctor said she's in a deep coma.

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And the American guy's dead.

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Michael, what on earth was Madam Baka working on?

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(I don't know...)

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but I'm going to find out.

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Mr John Marshall, 33 years old, a single bullet wound to the forehead

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from a .22 calibre gun.

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Single entry wound to the front indicates that the gun was fired

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at point blank range.

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Professional hit, I'd say.

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He's lived in Africa for several years.

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You can tell that from his body?

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No, from his entry visa stamps.

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-There's a lot of Air Miles there.

-Do you know if this is all there was?

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That's all there is.

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Secretary Ojuka!

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This is a government restricted area.

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Michael Power, African News Bureau. I'm expected.

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Thank you very much.

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Mr Power, this way, please.

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Thank you very much.

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Excuse me, I didn't realise anyone was here.

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I'm here to see Secretary Ojuka.

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-I'm Michael Power.

-Oh, the journalist.

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-Yes.

-It's good to finally put a face to such a renowned name.

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-I'm Sabina Siko.

-Sabina...

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-Sabina means princess, doesn't it?

-No, that's Sabrina.

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I'm Secretary Ojuka's intern. He should be down shortly.

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-Please, make yourself comfortable.

-Thank you.

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I've read some of your articles.

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-Only some?

-Well, between work here and my postgraduate studies

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-I hardly have enough...

-Time?

-..time. Exactly.

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Mr Power, I'm sorry for keeping you waiting.

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I can see that Sabina's kept you entertained.

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Sabina, are you sitting in on this?

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No, Uncle, I have a lecture to attend,

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but I'll be seeing you later.

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Goodbye, Mr Power.

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A pleasure meeting you.

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Oh, congratulations on your prestigious award.

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Thank you.

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For a son of our soil to receive such a thing,

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it sends a positive message about our country.

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It wasn't lost on the President either.

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But that is not why you're here.

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No, I'm here regarding the John Marshall murder story.

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Oh, the murder of an expatriate.

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It's not good for tourist trade.

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We all know how important the foreign exchange is...

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to the country.

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Yes. I was wondering, Secretary Ojuka...

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How well did you know John Marshall?

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Forgive me for saying, but you sound more like a detective than a journalist.

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My apologies. It's just that one of your business cards

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was found among John Marshall's personal effects.

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I see.

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But then...I AM a politician.

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I meet different people all the time.

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It wouldn't be unusual for my business card to get in the hands of...

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relative strangers.

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More importantly, how is Madam Baka?

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Unfortunately, she's still in a coma.

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Oh, sorry to hear that.

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My thoughts are with her.

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Mr Secretary, your next appointment, Mr Le Trois, has just arrived.

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Thank you.

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If that is all... I do have another pressing engagement.

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I thank you for seeing me at such short notice.

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Mr Power, this administration fully supports the freedom of the press.

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Maybe these matters are best left in the hands of the police.

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They investigate the crime and you write the story.

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In my experience, sir,

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sometimes the story solves the crime.

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Good day.

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I'm afraid you wasted your time coming here.

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An American citizen's been murdered. Are you not concerned?

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I've already been through this with the local police.

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I'd be more concerned if Marshall was one of ours.

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Fortunately, he wasn't. We ran his photo and prints through our system and came up with nothing.

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-Marshall was not an American.

-But he had an American passport.

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Correction, he had a fake American passport.

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As far as we're concerned, he doesn't exist - someone else's problem.

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I'm sure he was stone-walling me. I need your help here, Ed.

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You've got a dead body and a business card,

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what do you want me to do? Call the marines?

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When the US vice-consul tells me someone doesn't exist,

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you can be sure of one thing - they exist.

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Madam Baka wasn't just my editor-in-chief, she was my mentor.

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I'll see what I can do.

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How's your water story?

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Under pressure.

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All right. I'll get back to you.

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ARGUING VOICES

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Look, take Ojuka, for instance...

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I'm not so sure. I took a photo of him during the primaries and let me tell you,

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some overzealous intern faxed me,

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accusing me of photographing him in a bad light.

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Anita, come on! Ojuka's done a lot of good for this country.

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Like getting the national youth squad sponsorship to compete in the Junior World Cup.

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-That's true.

-So he's OK in my book.

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Anybody interested in football's OK in your books.

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Besides, is there a good light in which to photograph a politician?

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-Same again, guys, yeah?

-No thanks, I'm driving.

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-We're flying in the morning. I'll catch you later.

-See you later.

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Oh, and Anita...

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Soccer is the thing cos soccer is the king, OK?

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CLATTERING

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Hey! Hey!

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-Hey!

-Careful, Michael.

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METAL CLANGS

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DRUMMING ON ROOF

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CAR REVS

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TYRES SCREECH

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TYRES SQUEAL

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They didn't take anything.

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My laptop computer, TV, video, stereo...

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is all here.

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BLADES WHIRR

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INAUDIBLE

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What have we here? City dwellers in their big flying machines.

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Harry Mogaji, Michael Power.

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-Nice to have you here, Michael.

-This is my photographer, Anita Chiama.

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Mr Mogaji, it's a pleasure to meet you. How are things?

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This is what I was talking about.

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If we head right over here.

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Do you see the scale of what I'm dealing with here, Michael?

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This village is not unique...

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at all.

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In fact, the problem isn't even isolated to Africa.

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It's a tragedy that's being repeated all over the world.

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Disease is endemic, you name it,

0:34:530:34:57

malaria, diarrhoea, dengue fever...

0:34:570:35:02

hookworm, and they all originate from what?

0:35:020:35:06

Unclean water.

0:35:060:35:08

This is Cocoa Stream, the village's nearest water supply.

0:35:340:35:39

Only the water here is a cesspool of disease.

0:35:390:35:43

I wouldn't let wildlife drink it, let alone human beings.

0:35:430:35:46

-Good morning, ma'am.

-Hello. How are you?

0:35:460:35:49

-How long has it been like this?

-Too long.

0:35:510:35:54

And it just keeps getting worse over the years.

0:35:540:35:56

But this is their homeland.

0:35:560:36:00

This is the hard life they have become used to.

0:36:000:36:04

Did you know, every eight seconds somewhere in the world

0:36:060:36:09

a child like this dies from a water-related disease?

0:36:090:36:14

-How do you feel?

-What?

0:36:170:36:19

How does it feel holding her?

0:36:190:36:21

She's only four years old.

0:36:210:36:24

There aren't words.

0:36:240:36:26

It's not much further now.

0:36:530:36:55

It took me more than a year to discover this place.

0:36:550:36:59

Come on.

0:37:010:37:03

Here it is.

0:37:150:37:17

Enough clean water to cater for communities within a 50-mile radius.

0:37:170:37:21

How long has this been under construction?

0:37:210:37:24

About five months.

0:37:240:37:26

We're planning to redirect a substantial amount

0:37:260:37:30

of the spring water through pipelines nearer to the villages.

0:37:300:37:33

That must be, what, ten miles?

0:37:330:37:36

About that.

0:37:360:37:38

We obviously don't have enough funds to make it all the way,

0:37:380:37:42

but we'll take it as far as our small funds can go.

0:37:420:37:45

Every mile we achieve is one less mile for the people around here to walk.

0:37:450:37:50

If we can save one life, we can save a generation.

0:37:500:37:54

It's beautiful here, Harry.

0:38:180:38:20

Peaceful, too.

0:38:220:38:24

And despite the hardship

0:38:240:38:26

there's a strong sense of community.

0:38:260:38:28

Do you miss the city life at all?

0:38:280:38:31

Like a fish misses dry land!

0:38:320:38:35

Years back I used to be an engineer with the Ministry of Works and Housing in the capital.

0:38:360:38:41

I couldn't get one damn thing done in that place.

0:38:410:38:43

But at least here I feel I can make a contribution.

0:38:450:38:49

This article you're writing...

0:38:520:38:54

will it really make a difference?

0:38:540:38:56

Well, the timing is right.

0:38:560:38:59

The President is launching his Water For All project

0:38:590:39:02

and it is an international issue.

0:39:020:39:04

So, you know, I really do believe the story will make a difference.

0:39:040:39:08

I hope you're right.

0:39:080:39:10

TURNS OFF TREADMILL

0:39:220:39:25

< DOOR OPENS

0:40:030:40:05

OK, I'll see you tomorrow. Take care! Bye!

0:40:210:40:25

-You know, when you concentrate your tongue sticks out between your lips.

-Hey!

0:40:250:40:29

-Are you spying on me?

-I graduated here.

-Oh, really?

-I've got a soft spot for the gym.

0:40:290:40:34

-Erm... Any of your old teachers still around?

-One or two.

0:40:340:40:37

My old English teacher's about to retire.

0:40:370:40:39

She's finally given up on trying to mark my articles.

0:40:390:40:43

Listen, can I buy you a drink?

0:40:430:40:45

Erm, yeah, sure.

0:40:450:40:47

-Anyway, it's a habit I've had since I was a kid.

-What is?

0:40:470:40:51

My tongue.

0:40:510:40:53

Your articles are oddly optimistic.

0:40:550:40:57

It's inspiring.

0:40:570:40:59

Most journalists are cynical, like they've seen it all before.

0:40:590:41:02

Just because you've seen it all before doesn't mean things can't change.

0:41:020:41:07

If I didn't believe things could change, I wouldn't write.

0:41:070:41:10

It's about belief and believing.

0:41:100:41:12

Imagine if we all did it. Believed.

0:41:120:41:15

The world would be a better place,

0:41:150:41:18

and there'd be no need for journalists.

0:41:180:41:20

-I think I could cope with that.

-Really? Hmm.

0:41:200:41:24

Then why do you write?

0:41:240:41:27

-I graduated here, went to America...

-Harvard, I imagine.

-You can tell?

0:41:270:41:31

Mm-hm.

0:41:310:41:33

I used to write home to my mother and father from America,

0:41:330:41:36

before they died in the drought.

0:41:360:41:38

Oh...

0:41:380:41:40

Sometimes I think I write as though I'm still writing home.

0:41:400:41:43

The articles? They're just letters that happen to be published for everyone to see.

0:41:430:41:48

And you? Why an intern?

0:41:480:41:50

Sure. Well, erm...

0:41:500:41:53

Secretary Ojuka was a really close friend of my parents.

0:41:550:41:58

-They died too, in a car crash.

-I'm sorry.

0:41:580:42:01

And he took me in, raised me as his own daughter.

0:42:010:42:04

He even sponsored my studies overseas.

0:42:040:42:07

-I'm only working as an intern until I finish my postgraduate studies.

-We have a lot in common.

0:42:070:42:12

And so after you graduate?

0:42:120:42:14

I'm hoping to join the Foreign Service

0:42:140:42:16

and if everything goes my way,

0:42:160:42:18

I'll get a post with our embassy in London.

0:42:180:42:21

Look, I know you're very busy,

0:42:210:42:24

but do you ever have an evening free?

0:42:240:42:27

You mean...for a date?

0:42:270:42:29

LAUGHTER

0:42:310:42:33

-You look stunning.

-Thank you!

0:42:330:42:35

Now, have yourself a wonderful evening.

0:42:360:42:39

-Great. And don't work too hard.

-Oh, not at all.

0:42:390:42:41

Good evening.

0:42:430:42:46

Bye, Uncle!

0:42:480:42:49

SHOUTING

0:43:390:43:40

TYRES SQUEAL

0:43:570:43:58

Michael, are you OK? Are you hurt?

0:44:010:44:04

-Talk to me, my brother.

-Jomo, stop shouting in my ear.

0:44:040:44:07

-It's just my shoulder.

-You've been hit!

-It's nothing. Just glass.

0:44:070:44:11

Michael! Michael, are you OK?

0:44:110:44:13

-I'm fine.

-No, he's not fine. Somebody tried to kill him. I'm calling the police.

0:44:130:44:17

-No, Jomo.

-Look, Michael, we need to go to the hospital. You're bleeding.

-No, I can take care of it. OK?

0:44:170:44:22

I'm OK. Really.

0:44:220:44:24

-We'll do whatever we can, Mr Power.

-Thanks, officers.

-Take care.

-Cheers.

0:44:260:44:30

I'm lucky they were bad shots.

0:44:310:44:33

Some first date, huh?

0:44:370:44:39

Sorry...

0:44:580:45:00

Anita...

0:45:000:45:03

I heard what happened.

0:45:030:45:05

Sabina, meet Anita Chiama, a photographer friend of mine.

0:45:090:45:14

This is Sabina Siko. She works in Secretary Ojuka's office.

0:45:140:45:18

Hi.

0:45:180:45:19

Hello.

0:45:190:45:21

A drink, anyone?

0:45:260:45:27

No, I'm still busy. If you're fine, fine.

0:45:270:45:29

You can come and check out the photos when you're ready.

0:45:290:45:32

-Nice meeting you.

-You too.

0:45:320:45:36

I'm sorry about that.

0:45:400:45:41

We'll get it right next time, huh?

0:45:440:45:47

-I'll call you?

-Do that.

0:45:470:45:49

Look, I'm sorry if Anita felt a little like...

0:45:490:45:53

She gets over-protective.

0:45:530:45:55

And?

0:45:550:45:57

And she's a dear friend and my photographer.

0:45:570:46:00

That's it.

0:46:000:46:02

OK.

0:46:030:46:05

-Talk to you soon, then.

-OK.

-Bye.

0:46:070:46:10

Hi.

0:46:350:46:36

I'm sure spending too much time in this red light makes you crazy.

0:46:540:46:58

So you're seeing Sabina now?

0:47:010:47:03

We're just friends.

0:47:030:47:06

SHE LAUGHS

0:47:060:47:07

What?

0:47:070:47:09

-You could have told me.

-Tell you what?

0:47:090:47:13

Don't get me wrong - I'm very happy for you,

0:47:130:47:16

but if you're falling for her when people are clearly trying to kill you...

0:47:160:47:20

-We don't want you losing concentration, do we?

-There's nothing to tell.

-Your new friend?

0:47:200:47:25

She's the one who sent me the fax. You know what that is?

0:47:250:47:28

That is manipulation of the press. I almost got fired.

0:47:280:47:31

So is kissing you. That's manipulation of the press.

0:47:310:47:36

Anita, don't shoot the messenger.

0:47:360:47:38

She was probably just following instructions.

0:47:380:47:40

With the fax, I mean.

0:47:400:47:43

Obviously.

0:47:430:47:45

Obviously.

0:47:450:47:46

The number of times I've complained to editors about the photos they select.

0:47:500:47:55

Let me see that one.

0:47:580:48:00

-Are these the photos you took at the airport?

-Yes.

0:48:000:48:03

I know who that is.

0:48:040:48:06

It's Jon Marshall.

0:48:060:48:08

Sorry, sir, you have a visitor.

0:48:370:48:39

-Mr Power! It's a great pleasure to meet you.

-Thank you.

0:48:400:48:43

You write inspiring articles. When my Log On Africa project is launched I hope you'll cover it.

0:48:430:48:48

It's in my diary.

0:48:480:48:50

-What's your handicap?

-That I've never played.

-You should, my friend.

0:48:500:48:53

All the best deals are done on the golf course.

0:48:530:48:56

You know, if you get your swing right, you use every muscle in your body.

0:48:560:49:00

So I understand Jon Marshall worked for you.

0:49:030:49:05

He was a consultant on African business affairs.

0:49:050:49:10

-Was he with you long?

-On and off.

0:49:100:49:12

If it's important you can get the office to give you the exact dates.

0:49:120:49:16

-I spoke to the US embassy and they have no record of a Jon Marshall ever existing.

-Really?

0:49:160:49:21

-Yes.

-Extraordinary.

0:49:210:49:23

Well, whoever he was he had a wealth of experience in Africa,

0:49:230:49:28

which is why we hired him.

0:49:280:49:29

It's, er...

0:49:290:49:31

-It's all in the grip.

-Oh. Yes. Course.

0:49:310:49:34

What sort of person was he?

0:49:380:49:40

Michael, do you know what a consultant does?

0:49:400:49:44

Basically, they borrow your watch and tell you the time.

0:49:440:49:47

But the fact still remains that a member of your staff has been murdered.

0:49:470:49:52

You can't write that, Michael.

0:49:520:49:54

It's inaccurate.

0:49:540:49:56

Was that a good swing?

0:49:580:50:00

Perfect.

0:50:000:50:02

At the time of Marshall's death, his contract had expired.

0:50:020:50:05

Strange.

0:50:050:50:07

This is a picture of him with you at the airport last week.

0:50:070:50:10

He was there, but he wasn't with me.

0:50:100:50:14

-Didn't he talk to you?

-I was busy dealing with a more important matter,

0:50:140:50:17

like my Log On Africa project.

0:50:170:50:21

Oh, right!

0:50:210:50:22

-You don't have to mention it...

-Of course not!

0:50:220:50:25

..but if you do, it's L-O-G...

0:50:250:50:27

I'm there, Mr Rhines.

0:50:270:50:29

Every muscle in your body, you say, huh?

0:50:300:50:33

INDISTINCT CHATTER

0:50:360:50:39

..It's just about... just about a week or so.

0:50:450:50:48

..I think we're doing well...

0:50:510:50:52

Madam Baka...

0:50:520:50:55

Oh, they're lovely, Michael.

0:50:550:50:57

Thank you.

0:50:570:50:58

Sssh.

0:50:580:51:00

PHONE RINGS

0:51:020:51:04

Hello?

0:51:060:51:08

..You're where?

0:51:150:51:16

Halfway round the world for a few days?

0:51:320:51:35

-Come on, Ed!

-Give me a break!

0:51:350:51:38

I got a call from Anita.

0:51:380:51:39

-Look, I'm fine.

-Yeah! Yeah, right(!)

0:51:390:51:42

Your guy Jon Marshall gets killed,

0:51:420:51:44

your editor gets put in a coma, you get shot at, all in one week.

0:51:440:51:47

And...?

0:51:470:51:48

And you're fine?

0:51:480:51:50

-You got shot at, Michael.

-Well, I must be doing something right.

0:51:500:51:53

That's why I'm here.

0:51:530:51:56

'Jon Marshall's passport.'

0:52:000:52:02

He's the real McCoy.

0:52:020:52:04

It had a secret code number.

0:52:040:52:07

It's standard issue to deep-cover agents.

0:52:070:52:09

These guys...Michael, they live and breathe in the shadows.

0:52:090:52:13

It was under the radar.

0:52:130:52:15

So when things go wrong, no-one holds up their hand.

0:52:150:52:18

What I do know is that Jon Marshall worked as a consultant for the Rhinestone Corporation.

0:52:180:52:22

Rhinestone, as in Thomas Rhines, the millionaire philanthropist?

0:52:220:52:27

THUNDERCLAP

0:52:270:52:29

Apart from you, who else knew Bucker was meeting with Marshall?

0:52:290:52:33

Someone must have known.

0:52:340:52:35

Jon Marshall wasn't just murdered. He was silenced.

0:52:350:52:38

Listen...

0:52:380:52:41

we both know Jon Marshall was an agent.

0:52:410:52:44

What I need to find out is what got him killed.

0:52:440:52:46

The case is closed, it's ashes. Forget it.

0:52:460:52:50

Forget it?

0:52:500:52:52

You know Michael Power?

0:52:520:52:53

He won't let it go, Colonel - not gonna happen.

0:52:530:52:56

Off the record.

0:52:560:52:58

OK.

0:52:590:53:01

Listen,

0:53:010:53:02

recent events changed everything.

0:53:020:53:04

Marshall focused on tracking financial transactions

0:53:040:53:08

to do with arms deals to terrorists.

0:53:080:53:10

-What was he doing in Thomas Rhines' corporation?

-Come on, Ed.

0:53:100:53:14

Hey, you tell me, there's a chance this information can be controlled.

0:53:140:53:17

It was just a cover to keep him in Africa.

0:53:170:53:20

-That cost him his life?

-Can't confirm that.

0:53:200:53:24

HE SIGHS

0:53:240:53:25

Unfortunately,

0:53:250:53:27

he was killed before he could be debriefed.

0:53:270:53:30

To tell you the truth, Ed, it's one hell of a mess.

0:53:300:53:32

To compound the problem,

0:53:320:53:35

vital information was missing from his personal effects.

0:53:350:53:38

-Like what?

-Classified.

0:53:380:53:39

HE LAUGHS

0:53:390:53:41

One thing for sure...

0:53:410:53:43

Marshall got caught in the firing line.

0:53:430:53:46

So, you warn your friend Michael Power

0:53:460:53:48

to walk away.

0:53:480:53:51

This is a story he doesn't want to write.

0:53:510:53:53

Good evening, Mr Power. You're expected.

0:53:560:53:59

Wow! You look great!

0:54:360:54:38

Thank you!

0:54:380:54:40

-So, where are we going?

-Surprise.

0:54:420:54:44

I love surprises, but just not like the last time.

0:54:440:54:47

Look, you're quite early. Can I show you around?

0:54:470:54:50

OK.

0:54:500:54:52

Secretary Ojuka's a great patron of the arts.

0:54:530:54:57

He has one of the largest private collections of African art.

0:54:570:55:00

Quite unique.

0:55:000:55:02

This is exquisite. It must be priceless.

0:55:030:55:06

Not too close, though - you'll set off the alarm.

0:55:060:55:08

The only way we could insure this

0:55:080:55:11

was to install a new state-of-the-art security system.

0:55:110:55:14

Excuse me, ma'am. You have a phone call.

0:55:140:55:17

Oh, thanks. I'll take it in the drawing room.

0:55:170:55:19

Excuse me, Michael. I won't be long.

0:55:190:55:21

But, please, take a look around.

0:55:210:55:23

Hm!

0:55:380:55:40

..The funds will be transferred a week before the troops are deployed.

0:56:000:56:04

And the artillery?

0:56:040:56:06

We'll need enough to overcome any federal forces.

0:56:060:56:09

I have already taken care of that.

0:56:090:56:11

They will be transferred from airport hanger four.

0:56:110:56:14

It is imperative that my name is kept out of this whole affair.

0:56:140:56:18

We can't afford any further mistakes,

0:56:180:56:20

like Marshall.

0:56:200:56:23

I'll make sure that he can never talk again.

0:56:230:56:25

So sorry to have kept you waiting.

0:56:300:56:32

-No problem. Shall we go, then?

-Um, yeah.

0:56:320:56:34

AFRICAN MUSIC PLAYS

0:56:470:56:51

'We'll need enough to overcome any federal forces.'

0:57:170:57:22

'It is imperative that my name is kept out of this whole affair.'

0:57:240:57:28

'We can't afford any further mistakes...

0:57:280:57:31

'like Marshall.'

0:57:310:57:33

INAUDIBLE

0:57:370:57:39

APPLAUSE

0:57:390:57:43

The piece on the water crisis is gonna have to wait.

0:57:580:58:01

-What?

-I think there's gonna be a coup.

0:58:010:58:03

You sure about this?

0:58:200:58:22

-Uh.

-You OK?

-Yeah, I'll survive.

-Come on, let's go.

0:58:380:58:42

Michael, there's not much security for an armoury.

0:58:560:58:59

Sh, keep it down, Ed.

0:58:590:59:01

Let's go.

0:59:010:59:03

WINGS FLUTTER

0:59:110:59:12

Oh, shit.

0:59:190:59:20

They've already moved out.

0:59:200:59:23

They are going for the coup sooner rather than later.

0:59:230:59:26

The only way to stop it now is to blow the conspiracy wide open.

0:59:260:59:30

'OK.'

0:59:330:59:34

OK, maybe we've got something.

0:59:340:59:36

This guy... This guy Will Le Trois is a rogue financer

0:59:360:59:39

currently involved in negotiating deals

0:59:390:59:42

for an arms firm called Arms Link.

0:59:420:59:44

Arms Link is a major supplier here in Africa.

0:59:440:59:47

Are you sure it was Ojuka you heard?

0:59:500:59:53

Yes, I recognised his voice.

0:59:530:59:55

They were meeting as I left Ojuka's house the other day.

0:59:550:59:58

Well, if Ojuka's involved, we don't know how far this reaches.

0:59:581:00:02

What is it, Michael?

1:00:041:00:06

Something doesn't feel right...

1:00:081:00:10

but I need to be sure.

1:00:101:00:13

Why don't you check out this photo of Jon Marshall

1:00:131:00:16

from the press conference the other day.

1:00:161:00:18

Can you zoom in a little closer?

1:00:241:00:26

Marshall's on a cell phone.

1:00:301:00:32

That certainly wasn't among his personal effects.

1:00:321:00:36

I am going to give the President's first secretary a chance to respond.

1:00:461:00:51

Michael,

1:00:531:00:55

exposing a coup and naming names will have serious repercussions,

1:00:551:00:58

so you should keep a low profile until you hear from me.

1:00:581:01:02

Hm?

1:01:021:01:04

Well, as it happens, we plan to be out of town.

1:01:041:01:06

Good.

1:01:061:01:08

We'd better be going.

1:01:081:01:09

Good luck.

1:01:111:01:13

Nurse...

1:01:231:01:25

I need a phone that works.

1:01:251:01:28

MAN SINGS IN DIALECT

1:01:301:01:33

WOMEN SING IN DIALECT

1:01:331:01:35

THEY SING IN DIALECT

1:01:421:01:44

This is a speciality of the country. You're gonna love it.

1:01:591:02:04

LAUGHS

1:02:041:02:06

SINGS IN DIALECT

1:02:061:02:09

SINGING DROWNS SPEECH

1:02:111:02:14

You're gonna love it. You're gonna love it.

1:02:141:02:17

-Oh!

-What's wrong?!

1:02:171:02:19

Ahh!

1:02:191:02:21

You've got to be kidding me!

1:02:211:02:23

Woah!

1:02:231:02:24

SHE LAUGHS

1:02:241:02:27

LAUGHS

1:02:331:02:35

Woo-hoo!

1:02:351:02:37

It's a great atmosphere here.

1:02:531:02:56

Ah!

1:02:561:02:58

This is my family.

1:02:581:02:59

They mean everything to me.

1:02:591:03:02

Cheers.

1:03:021:03:03

If Laura could see this... she'd love it.

1:03:081:03:11

Next time, bring her. You know you're always welcome.

1:03:111:03:14

She wants a divorce.

1:03:191:03:21

I'm sorry.

1:03:241:03:25

No, it's...

1:03:251:03:27

You know, er... the real problem...

1:03:281:03:31

there have been three of us in our marriage.

1:03:311:03:34

Her and me and...

1:03:341:03:36

and GSN.

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But do you know what you want, Ed?

1:03:411:03:43

I still want Laura.

1:03:461:03:48

But...Michael, it's easier said than done.

1:03:481:03:51

We've already separated.

1:03:511:03:53

I moved into an apartment on Westside.

1:03:551:03:57

Ed, if it's Laura you want,

1:03:591:04:01

go for it.

1:04:011:04:03

It's never too late.

1:04:031:04:05

GSN can look after itself.

1:04:061:04:08

BELL CHIMES

1:04:101:04:11

Mr President, I was with you in Bahrain yesterday.

1:04:111:04:16

I could never be party to a rebellion against your government.

1:04:161:04:20

If William Le Trois being a guest at my house is a problem,

1:04:201:04:25

-you're sure to get my resignation in the morning.

-Charles...

1:04:251:04:28

I don't want your resignation...

1:04:371:04:39

and I do not doubt your loyalty.

1:04:391:04:43

I need answers about William Le Trois.

1:04:431:04:45

I've known William since I served in the Ministry of Defence.

1:04:451:04:49

He's the financial advisor to Arms Link.

1:04:511:04:53

But I had no idea what he was planning.

1:04:531:04:58

HE SIGHS

1:04:581:05:00

Mr President,

1:05:001:05:01

I can order William Le Trois' immediate arrest.

1:05:011:05:04

Mr President,

1:05:041:05:06

apprehending William Le Trois may stop the coup in this instance,

1:05:061:05:10

but our armed forces are presently ill-equipped to counter an attack.

1:05:101:05:14

SIGHS

1:05:161:05:18

What was the name of the other arms company that submitted a tender?

1:05:201:05:25

De Facto.

1:05:251:05:27

Hm.

1:05:291:05:30

PHONE RINGS

1:05:321:05:34

Excuse me.

1:05:341:05:35

AFRICAN MUSIC PLAYS

1:05:351:05:38

Michael.

1:05:381:05:39

Michael.

1:05:391:05:41

'I just received a phone call from the President.'

1:05:411:05:45

I'm afraid I'm going to have to kill your story.

1:05:451:05:47

I'm sorry.

1:05:471:05:49

Come on, let's not beat ourselves up here.

1:05:491:05:52

The only part of our story that was questionable was Secretary Ojuka's involvement.

1:05:521:05:57

We were right about William Le Trois.

1:05:571:05:59

But how did Ojuka manage to be in two places at the same time?

1:05:591:06:02

Come on, let's look on the bright side, huh?

1:06:021:06:05

By exposing the coup, at least we saved some innocent lives.

1:06:051:06:08

OK, so we foiled a coup.

1:06:101:06:12

But now the President is going to reinstate the defence budget,

1:06:121:06:15

at the expense of what? The water project.

1:06:151:06:17

-People still lose.

-Anita.

1:06:171:06:19

-Are you ready to go?

-Yeah, Jomo.

1:06:191:06:22

-Hey, Benjy!

-Hey, Mr Jomo.

1:06:221:06:24

You've done a great job on this car, huh?

1:06:241:06:27

OK, listen.

1:06:311:06:32

Now, don't spend this all at once, OK?

1:06:341:06:37

Thank you, Mr Jomo.

1:06:371:06:39

My pleasure!

1:06:391:06:42

-Michael, great party.

-Thanks for coming.

1:06:421:06:45

Hey, stay strong, my brother.

1:06:471:06:49

Ed, I'll see you soon.

1:06:521:06:54

All right.

1:06:541:06:55

Mr Ed.

1:06:581:06:59

Yeah, Benjy!

1:06:591:07:01

Show us the shots the video took.

1:07:011:07:03

Yeah. Yeah, I remember.

1:07:031:07:05

I thought I'd show him the stuff I shot at the party.

1:07:051:07:07

Sure, go ahead. I'm gonna go and break the bad news to the chief.

1:07:071:07:11

Come on, let's go.

1:07:111:07:13

INAUDIBLE

1:07:251:07:28

MUSIC PLAYS ON LAPTOP

1:07:351:07:37

That looks like you.

1:07:371:07:39

I can tell.

1:07:391:07:41

They're loving it.

1:07:431:07:45

Look! There's me from yesterday.

1:07:461:07:49

Play it again, Mr Ed, play it again.

1:07:491:07:51

OK.

1:07:511:07:52

There you go.

1:07:551:07:57

CHILDREN LAUGH

1:08:001:08:02

It was recorded!

1:08:091:08:11

You've lost me.

1:08:141:08:15

It was pre-recorded.

1:08:151:08:17

That's how Ojuka was in two places at the same time.

1:08:181:08:21

Run... Run that by me again.

1:08:211:08:23

-The meeting.

-Yeah.

1:08:231:08:25

Ojuka pre-recorded it for my benefit.

1:08:251:08:27

What better alibi to have than the President himself?

1:08:271:08:31

Michael, why would they want you to know about the coup?

1:08:311:08:34

There never was a coup, Ed.

1:08:341:08:36

Look at the facts.

1:08:361:08:38

My apartment gets burgled.

1:08:381:08:40

Hey! Hey!

1:08:401:08:42

Nothing taken.

1:08:421:08:43

I get shot at.

1:08:431:08:45

They miss.

1:08:471:08:50

TYRES SCREECH

1:08:501:08:51

Then I see the meeting on the security screen.

1:08:511:08:55

'That makes me believe there's a coup.'

1:08:551:08:58

'I've taken care of that. They'll be...'

1:08:581:09:01

That leads us to hanger four, and what do we really find there?

1:09:011:09:05

Nothing.

1:09:051:09:08

Ed, it's been a set-up.

1:09:111:09:14

I've been the right man in the right place

1:09:141:09:18

at the right time.

1:09:181:09:20

But for who?

1:09:211:09:23

So, we have all been victims of an elaborate conspiracy

1:09:231:09:26

to manipulate the press.

1:09:261:09:28

But why?

1:09:281:09:29

You know, initially, I thought this was all about power.

1:09:291:09:32

But now I'm convinced it's about money.

1:09:321:09:34

How did you figure that out?

1:09:341:09:36

Hear me out.

1:09:361:09:37

It's all connected to the President's decision.

1:09:371:09:40

William Le Trois is involved with Arms Link.

1:09:401:09:43

Arms Link lost a defence contract

1:09:431:09:46

when the President opted for the water project.

1:09:461:09:49

Now, they wanted me to write the story about the coup

1:09:491:09:52

in order to scare the President into believing the country was in danger

1:09:521:09:56

so he would reinstate the arms deal.

1:09:561:09:58

The President's won't give a contract to Arms Link

1:09:581:10:01

if they're implicated in the coup.

1:10:011:10:03

He's already offered the contract to De Facto.

1:10:031:10:06

Mm.

1:10:061:10:07

A rival arms company.

1:10:071:10:09

Michael,

1:10:091:10:11

your instincts are usually right.

1:10:111:10:14

But I simply can't afford to get it wrong twice.

1:10:141:10:17

If you think it's about the money, it is the money!

1:10:171:10:20

Can I use your phone? I don't think this one is mine.

1:10:221:10:26

The police must have returned the wrong one to me.

1:10:261:10:30

When is a phone that looks like a phone not just a phone?

1:10:321:10:36

When it belongs to the CIA.

1:10:381:10:42

Jon Marshall's phone.

1:10:421:10:44

I'll bet every piece of information that Silverman wants is in my hand.

1:10:441:10:49

CAR DOORS SHUT

1:11:131:11:16

Let's get this over with.

1:11:341:11:36

Our information first.

1:11:361:11:38

Let's see it.

1:11:381:11:40

I don't have to remind you that it's US Government property.

1:11:431:11:48

Who was Marshall investigating?

1:11:561:11:58

That's classified. You should know better, Ed.

1:11:581:12:01

-That's not what we agreed, Colonel.

-Next time,

1:12:011:12:04

make sure you get your information first.

1:12:041:12:06

It won't be much use to you without the SIM card.

1:12:061:12:10

New deal, Colonel.

1:12:141:12:16

No information, no SIM card.

1:12:161:12:18

You told me that Marshall working for Rhines was just his cover.

1:12:181:12:23

So I lied. Shoot me.

1:12:231:12:25

The card.

1:12:251:12:28

Just one more thing.

1:12:281:12:30

The connection between Thomas Rhines and William Le Trois.

1:12:301:12:33

What do you think?

1:12:331:12:35

Le Trois deals for Rhines.

1:12:351:12:37

You're saying Rhines owns Arms Link?

1:12:381:12:41

Now give me the card.

1:12:411:12:43

It's in the phone.

1:12:431:12:45

So I lied.

1:12:461:12:50

Shoot me.

1:12:501:12:51

Son of a...!

1:12:511:12:54

HE SIGHS This is crazy.

1:13:001:13:02

Everybody's connected to Arms Link.

1:13:021:13:04

But where is the payoff?

1:13:051:13:08

Look...Rhines is launching his scheme this afternoon

1:13:101:13:14

at the National Grammar School.

1:13:141:13:15

Stick with him until you hear from me.

1:13:151:13:17

No problem.

1:13:171:13:20

Where are you gonna be?

1:13:201:13:21

There's a girl I gotta see.

1:13:211:13:23

Right.

1:13:231:13:24

Hey! What are you doing here?

1:13:531:13:55

At last... HE SNIFFS

1:13:551:13:57

..some peace and quiet.

1:13:591:14:01

You can't come in here.

1:14:011:14:03

I don't have any books overdue,

1:14:031:14:05

and somehow I think that the gun pointing at you under the table

1:14:051:14:10

counts for more than some petty library card, don't you?

1:14:101:14:15

What do you want?

1:14:171:14:18

If Ojuka thought he could double-cross me, he thought wrong.

1:14:181:14:22

When I get my money,

1:14:231:14:25

he might see you again.

1:14:251:14:27

Michael.

1:14:451:14:46

What are you doing here?

1:14:461:14:48

-Surprised to see me?

-Um, yeah.

1:14:481:14:51

I'm afraid you caught me at an awkward time.

1:14:511:14:53

I've got a tutorial in five minutes.

1:14:531:14:55

Look, I'm sorry, but can we meet up later?

1:14:551:14:57

Michael?

1:15:051:15:06

What were you promised to set me up?

1:15:061:15:08

The posting in the London embassy?

1:15:091:15:11

Sorry?

1:15:131:15:15

You know, I can understand Ojuka, William Le Trois...

1:15:151:15:19

and even Thomas Rhines.

1:15:191:15:21

But you.

1:15:211:15:22

-Why you?

-I don't know what you're talking about.

1:15:221:15:26

-You set me up.

-I don't need to listen to this.

1:15:261:15:28

Michael, will you leave?

1:15:301:15:32

Now.

1:15:321:15:33

I want you to leave, Michael. Please just leave.

1:15:351:15:37

You are going to serve just as many years in prison...

1:15:371:15:40

as Secretary Ojuka, for murder.

1:15:401:15:42

-I didn't kill anyone.

-You're an accessory.

1:15:421:15:45

It's just as good as murder.

1:15:451:15:47

And for what? For what, Sabina?

1:15:471:15:50

Arms Link has lost out on the contract to De Facto.

1:15:501:15:53

That means no money for Rhines,

1:15:531:15:55

no money for Ojuka, no money for you.

1:15:551:15:58

You've won nothing.

1:15:581:16:00

And who do you think owns De Facto?

1:16:001:16:03

Thomas Rhines.

1:16:101:16:12

Thomas Rhines.

1:16:141:16:16

Why did you have to get so involved, Michael?

1:16:181:16:20

Give me your car keys.

1:16:231:16:26

No!

1:16:321:16:33

GUNSHOT

1:16:331:16:34

SCREAMING

1:16:341:16:37

GUNSHOTS

1:16:371:16:40

MAN SHOUTS

1:16:401:16:43

Let go of me.

1:16:451:16:47

Let go of me.

1:16:501:16:52

SHE GROANS

1:16:521:16:53

Somebody stole my car.

1:16:541:16:57

..Black jeep, registration...

1:17:191:17:20

TYRES SCREECH

1:17:201:17:22

HORN BLARES

1:17:221:17:25

Aaah!

1:17:491:17:51

You'll get us killed! Aaah!

1:17:511:17:53

Don't!

1:18:231:18:25

ENGINES REV

1:18:521:18:55

DRUMBEATS PLAY

1:19:091:19:13

HORN BLARES Oh!

1:19:321:19:34

ENGINE REVS

1:19:381:19:40

CARNIVAL MUSIC PLAYS

1:19:411:19:45

Come on.

1:19:451:19:46

BLOWS WHISTLE

1:19:461:19:50

Move!

1:20:021:20:05

Move!

1:20:061:20:08

Move.

1:20:101:20:11

INAUDIBLE

1:20:131:20:19

HONKS HORN Come on!

1:20:281:20:30

Off the car!

1:20:331:20:36

Come on! Dance with us.

1:20:361:20:38

Move!

1:20:401:20:42

No, no.

1:20:421:20:43

Ah, ah, ah!

1:20:501:20:52

Shit! Shit!

1:20:581:21:01

HE GRUNTS

1:21:471:21:49

HE SCREAMS

1:21:591:22:02

Michael!

1:22:261:22:29

Michael, I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I had no idea they'd kill someone.

1:22:321:22:37

Michael, you've got to believe me. Ojuka told me

1:22:391:22:42

-it was a matter of national security.

-I need that videotape.

1:22:421:22:46

How many more people must die before enough is enough?

1:22:501:22:53

The availability of these computers

1:23:011:23:04

in high schools across the country is sure to encourage

1:23:041:23:07

literacy among the young generation...

1:23:071:23:09

-MOBILE RINGS

-..who are Africa's future. Log On Africa!

1:23:091:23:15

Yeah, Michael?

1:23:151:23:17

OK, no problem. It's what I do best.

1:23:191:23:22

-Give me time for a couple more.

-OK.

1:24:051:24:08

Any questions?

1:24:081:24:10

REPORTERS ALL SHOUT

1:24:101:24:11

Ed Johnson, GSN. Are you aware, Mr Rhines, that as of today,

1:24:131:24:17

the President has recommissioned the Water For All project?

1:24:171:24:20

With this putting a definite end to speculation regarding the defence budget being reinstated,

1:24:201:24:25

what are your thoughts on this?

1:24:251:24:27

Well, I... I think it's good.

1:24:281:24:31

It shows that the President and I are on the same page,

1:24:311:24:36

bettering the lives of the ordinary people in this country.

1:24:361:24:39

And...are you also aware that a conspiracy's been unearthed,

1:24:411:24:46

in which the banker, William Le Trois,

1:24:461:24:48

Federal Secretary Charles Ojuka, and an international businessman

1:24:481:24:52

have attempted to defraud the government?

1:24:521:24:56

Excuse me, I have to leave.

1:24:571:25:00

REPORTERS SHOUT

1:25:001:25:02

Mr Rhines!

1:25:031:25:05

Michael?

1:25:091:25:11

-'He's on the move.'

-Thanks.

1:25:111:25:13

-ON TV:

-'What took you so long?

-The traffic was horrendous.'

1:25:311:25:35

'Monsieur?'

1:25:521:25:53

HE LAUGHS

1:25:531:25:55

HE CLEARS HIS THROAT

1:26:031:26:06

'I hope there won't be any delays

1:26:071:26:09

-'with the money.

-The funds will be transferred

1:26:091:26:12

'a week before the troops are deployed.'

1:26:121:26:16

'It is imperative that my name is kept out of this whole affair.'

1:26:241:26:28

'We can't afford any further mistakes like Marshall.'

1:26:301:26:34

'Ensure that he won't talk again.'

1:26:361:26:38

DOOR SLAMS IN DISTANCE

1:26:381:26:40

Sabina! You home early.

1:26:471:26:50

Yeah, I'm just studying.

1:26:501:26:52

SAFE BEEPS AND OPENS

1:26:551:26:59

-I'll be at Rhines' house.

-OK.

1:27:141:27:18

Sabina?

1:27:191:27:21

Are you all right?

1:27:251:27:26

Yeah, I'm just a little bit tired.

1:27:261:27:29

Take care.

1:27:291:27:31

Here it is.

1:28:141:28:16

Thank you.

1:28:161:28:18

-You OK?

-It wasn't easy betraying Ojuka.

1:28:181:28:24

Where's he gone?

1:28:251:28:27

I'm sorry, but you don't understand everything about me, you know.

1:28:281:28:32

Where's he gone?

1:28:321:28:34

Where's he gone, Sabina?

1:28:351:28:37

Thomas Rhines' house.

1:28:381:28:41

Prove to me I'm not crazy for believing in you.

1:28:441:28:48

I warned you that William could become a liability!

1:29:071:29:11

But you...you didn't listen.

1:29:111:29:13

Shut up. You were supposed to make sure he was paid his cut.

1:29:131:29:16

There were delays in the transaction!

1:29:161:29:18

Did you think he would leave without his money, you idiot?

1:29:391:29:43

Be careful how you talk. I'm the Federal Secretary to the president!

1:29:431:29:46

Presidents! They are only as powerful as men like me allow them to be.

1:29:461:29:50

You're just another corrupt politician.

1:29:501:29:53

HE DIALS PHONE

1:30:061:30:08

Hello? Police Commissioner?

1:30:101:30:13

You have lost nothing. You don't come from here.

1:30:131:30:16

You can simply pack your bags and move on to another deal.

1:30:161:30:20

But me? This is my home.

1:30:221:30:25

My life. I've lost everything.

1:30:251:30:29

Everything.

1:30:301:30:32

SIRENS WAIL OUTSIDE

1:30:321:30:35

Open the door! Open the door!

1:31:011:31:03

What are you doing? Open the door, you piece of shit!

1:31:031:31:07

VOICE DROWNED OUT BY HELICOPTER

1:31:071:31:11

Get me out of here, quickly!

1:31:201:31:22

Let's go!

1:31:251:31:27

Do your job. Do it now!

1:31:431:31:45

Shit. Don't shoot!

1:31:501:31:52

-Don't shoot! I'm Secretary Ojuka.

-Hold fire! >

1:31:531:31:57

Hold fire!

1:31:571:31:59

I've been held hostage.

1:32:041:32:07

Secretary Ojuka, we received information that William Le Trois was hiding here.

1:32:071:32:11

I need a police escort. Immediately.

1:32:111:32:14

This is a matter of national secur...

1:32:141:32:16

Sabina?

1:32:221:32:24

Secretary Ojuka,

1:32:311:32:33

I am arresting you for murder, and grand conspiracy

1:32:331:32:38

to defraud the government.

1:32:381:32:40

This...

1:32:401:32:42

This has got to be a big mistake.

1:32:421:32:45

I need to contact the President now!

1:32:451:32:47

What have you done?

1:32:571:32:58

Sabina.

1:33:041:33:07

What have you done?

1:33:071:33:09

Kelvin, this is not the way to the coast, we're circling around.

1:33:281:33:32

Kelvin.

1:33:321:33:34

Kelvin!

1:33:341:33:36

Michael Power.

1:33:431:33:45

OK, let's talk business. What's your price?

1:33:531:33:58

-Sorry?

-Everyone has a price, my friend.

1:33:581:34:00

I need you to fly me to the coast, what's your price?

1:34:001:34:03

A million dollars, two? Give me a number.

1:34:031:34:06

You know, I've often wondered how people like you sleep at night,

1:34:061:34:09

-but I don't suppose you have a conscience.

-I'm a traitor,

1:34:091:34:13

there's no profit in a conscience.

1:34:131:34:15

-I'm a journalist, a conscience pays my rent.

-What's your price?

1:34:151:34:19

What's my price(?)

1:34:211:34:23

I have covered wars all over the world,

1:34:261:34:29

I have watched people die just feet away from me,

1:34:291:34:32

staring at me with their last gaze,

1:34:321:34:35

hoping...praying for an answer,

1:34:351:34:38

an explanation as to why it was necessary for them to die.

1:34:381:34:42

That you, Thomas Rhines, stood to make vast sums of money

1:34:421:34:48

was just not an answer I could bring myself to give them.

1:34:481:34:52

You can't afford my price.

1:34:521:34:55

I think you'll find my previous offer was a lot more attractive.

1:35:001:35:05

Oh, you're a very smart man, Mr Power.

1:35:151:35:17

Perhaps smarter than I am.

1:35:171:35:19

But I have wisdom, that's what age gives you.

1:35:221:35:26

At my age I know I'm far too old to go to prison.

1:35:261:35:30

I don't see you have a choice.

1:35:301:35:33

Oh!

1:35:331:35:35

I've just made my choice.

1:35:351:35:38

-Michael Power.

-Mr Commissioner.

1:36:371:36:40

Odd that an anonymous tip-off about an alleged sighting of

1:36:401:36:44

William Le Trois led to all this.

1:36:441:36:46

Thank you.

1:36:531:36:55

I knew I wasn't a fool.

1:36:551:36:57

Well, it's the least I could do.

1:37:031:37:06

It's over between us, isn't it?

1:37:081:37:10

We didn't exactly start off on the right foot.

1:37:101:37:14

Mitigating circumstances?

1:37:141:37:16

If things were different...

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I understand.

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Goodbye, Michael.

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Don't forget to write to your parents.

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So, Michael, are you telling me you wrote this?

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No, seriously, good work, my brother.

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-Thanks, man. Is our surprise ready?

-Yeah.

-Cool.

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I can't believe you put in a good word for the intern.

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It's an inspiring piece of work - arms and water.

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Too much of one, too little of the other. Well done.

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Thanks ma'am.

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A toast. Well, unfortunately Ed is leaving us tomorrow.

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ALL: Ah, Ed!

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Please join me in raising a toast to the man from GSN.

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A colleague and a true friend.

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He'll be sorely missed. Ed!

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-ALL: Ed!

-Speech.

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Thanks, thanks. It's, er... It's been some trip.

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-I feel like part of a family now.

-So listen, um...

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as a member of the family why don't you get the rest of your family...

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a round of drinks, hey?

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-JOMO LAUGHS

-There's me thinking I could slip away quietly.

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-Oh yeah, you think so.

-Mike.

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I talked to Laura last night,

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-Yeah?

-Yeah, she's picking me up at the airport, so...

-Really?

-Yeah.

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Well, have I got a surprise for you.

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Laura.

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CHEERING AND CLAPPING

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You're something else, Michael.

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Jomo will be driving you down to my village,

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my family will take care of both of you for the next couple of days.

1:39:531:39:58

Enjoy it, OK.

1:39:581:39:59

Hey, guys, we have a long journey, so let's make tracks, hey?

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Oh, by the way,

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give this to George, he'll understand.

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-You not coming?

-Are you kidding? I still have to write my water story.

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-Good morning, Mr President.

-Hello, Harry.

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-Welcome to our small town.

-Thank you

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Mr President, Michael Power.

1:41:531:41:55

-Mr President.

-Michael.

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-Thank you very much, Mr President.

-No, Michael, thank you.

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You were formidable this day.

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Thank you very much, it's been my honour.

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My people,

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I am proud to be in your village,

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proud because I stand among my people

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who have shown the inner strength of Africa.

1:42:181:42:22

Ordinary people have managed an extraordinary achievement.

1:42:221:42:26

I may be your president,

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but I am also an ordinary African man,

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and I'm inspired by what I see.

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If anyone ever doubts whether we can triumph over adversity,

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let them come to this village. The whole of Africa

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will look to you, and, for that, I'm eternally grateful.

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not just as your president, but as an African man.

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What you have achieved here today is just the beginning,

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together we can, and together we will

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build a bright new future for our country...and our people.

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APPLAUSE

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I now declare stage one

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of the Water For All project

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officially open.

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CHEERING AND WHOOPING

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MUSIC: "Goddess Of The Sea" by Angelique Kidjo

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# Spread out the water

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# Give out the water

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# Spread out the water

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# Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh... #

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Michael!

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Michael!

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# Give out the water

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# Spread out the water! #

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# Give out the water

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# Spread out the water

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# Give out the water

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# Spread out the water

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# Give out the water

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# Spread out the water

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# Give out the water

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# Spread out the water... #

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd 2006

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Action drama. A journalist writing an article on the African water shortage uncovers links with government corruption and the international arms trade, and will stop at nothing to unmask the perpetrators.


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