Urgent Evoke

A crash course in changing the world.

EPISODE 1
Harare, Zimbabwe

A careful hyena lives a long time. – Zimbabwean proverb

PAGE 1

PANEL A

North of Moremi, Little Kwara Camp is the sister-camp of Kwara, Lagoon and Lebala (in the Linyanti-Kwando area) and its private reserve covers about 1,750km². It is fairly unusual for the Delta as few top game camps have close access to deep-water. The environments found near Little Kwara are perhaps more varied than those around most Okavango camps - large lagoon channels lined by papyrus, shallow floodplains, mopane woodlands and dry, open scrub.

Little Kwara Camp also offers boat trips, some on an unusual double-decker boat giving great views over the papyrus. You can visit the renowned heronry at Gcodikwe Lagoon, which is at its best from September to March. This really is a fantastic experience – a must for keen birders. Watch out for the comical baby marabou storks which flap about and perch precariously on the branches - crocodiles lurk in the waters below them just waiting for them to drop off. This trip offers superb opportunities for photography, as approaching the heronry by boat allows you to get very close up - without scaring the birds away.

PANEL B

Now it is surrounded by worried faces of Togarepi family. One bag of maize, two big pumpkins, some watermelons and two small shopping bags of ground nuts is the only food the Togarepi family of seven is left with after the harvest. As she looks at the barren fields outside her thatched-roof mud hut in Kwara village in southern Zimbabwe, Tamary Togarepi, 17, worries about where her family will get food, especially for her ailing mother and three-year-old nephew.

Drought hits and has really hit hard.

TEXT BOX 1
Zimbabwe. May 13, 2020

OFF-PANEL 2
How does it matter?

PANEL C

In Harare, Presidential House there is a large shadow on broad day light as if night has fallen early. It the melancholy faces of concerned President, Prime Minister and his cabinet colleagues which have caste shadow.

PRESIDENT
We need urgent help. Where to seek?

OFF-PANEL 2
We are hoarders and this is the buck making time for us. Cheers!

PRIME MINISTER 1
I will alert all Departments against hoarding. I will not let anybody die for want of food.

PANEL D
A wide angle view of the cabinet meeting. Prime Minister (PM) is Chairing. Cabinet colleagues with gloomy faces sitting around the table. The beautiful photograph of rose on the wall doesn’t seem to be as beautiful as ever. PM said with a melancholy voice, ‘the question is who will face the press persons waiting outside?’

CABINET SECRETARY 1
EVOKE network has built many emergency dark sites-tackling drought is one of them. They are a bunch of brilliant agents who works for the benefit of the society and not for money. They are not greedy lot.

HOME MINISTER
But the million doller question is how to approach them?

HOME SECRETARY
Just EVOKE it out and they will get our SOS call.

PANEL E

Close up on the Home Secretary.

CABINET SECRETARY 2
I will prepare the draft but (turning to PM), Sir, it has to send with your signature.

PANEL F

Close up on the Prime Minister.

PRIME MINISTER 2

Put up to me at the earliest. We need to hurry up. We will send via SMS to avoid delay.

PAGE 2

PANEL A

We see the message sent via SMS with digital signature of PM.

SMS TEXT: SOS to EVOKE: Urgent-Activate drought dark sites immediately. Category: Food security and water crisis.

PANEL B:

TEXT BOX 1
Harare, Zimbabwe

Drought control room. TV news and images from all over the world. Zimbabwe features more than any other places in the world. PM appears now and then. World is watching for EVOKE to rescue Zimbabwe. Also visible is Alchemy2 in a thoughtful mood with many electronic gadgets.

INSET PANEL C

Alchemy 1 (to himself – he should have a kind of smile when saying this line. He’s looking forward to the challenge.)
Hello, Harare.

PANEL D

On one screen we see a picture of Super Hero symbol of Pradip Dey, captioned with EVOKE MEMBER CODENAME: Pradip Dey.

PANEL E

Close up on the dashboard widget dock says “ACTIVATE” for the dark site to be activated.

PAGE 3

PANEL A

TEXT BOX: R&D of National Institute, Karnal.

Central laboratory and Pradip Dey is busy with samples of poor quality water and soils for analysis. Many other researchers are also seen busy with their own analysis. Many equipments like atomic absorption spectrophotometer, flame photometer, ICP-OES are seen in the laboratory. Most prominently visible is a blown up laminated certificate of EVOKE session1 received by Pradip Dey. Lab technician, Mr. Rabi, is also visible busy in his job with Pradip Dey.

PRADIP DEY 1
Murmuring to self – Land productivity is getting reduced; water crisis is also looming large! If we have a natural calamity in 2021, what may be the extent of casualty!

INSET PANEL B
3D and internet enabled mobile kept beside the ICP-OES instrument gave two beeps for reminding that message has been received.

PANEL C

Close up on Pradip Dey, lifting the mobile with inquisitiveness in his face.

PRADIP DEY
Excuse me, Rabi. Let me read the message first.

PANEL D

Pradip Dey opened the message and read on with great curiosity.

PRADIP DEY 2

This is Pradip Dey.

PANEL E

ALCHEMY 2 (2 column screen him in)
It’s Alchemy. There’s a problem in Zimbabwe. I’m sending you in.

PRADIP DEY

I don’t look like Zimbabwean. What’s the advice? Any tip off?

ALCHEMY 3
Just be yourself and go there with a open mind and heart. Consider yourself as one of the master in the field.

PANEL F

PRADIP DEY 1
Is it a drought? Hoarders Association has been posting about huge food shortage and spiraling prices of food grains all over the net.

ALCHEMY 2
Well, it’s a drought that we will have to fix. By the by, Hoarders Association is a dangerous organization. I must suggest you not to follow them.

PRADIP DEY 2

I am ready with http://evokefarmproblems.wordpress.com/.

ALCHEMY 3
That’s like real EVOKE agent—fast and creative.

PAGE 4

PANEL A

TEXT BOX: Musina Town, South Africa

We are in a small restaurant facing window. Outside neon lights are splashing. A festoon with EVOKE logo and the tagline “We shall overcome.” WINNE is now talking on her 3D enabled mobile with a a scribbling pad and a pen on the desk in front of her. She is thrilled and eager for action.

WINNE 1
Is it just Harare, or do they want us to handle the other cities, too?

ALCHEMY 2
We fix Harare.

INSET PANEL B

Alchemy in his control room.

ALCHEMY 1
Harare will fix the rest.

PANEL C

Back in the restaurant. WINNE has a backpack on her shoulder.

ALCHEMY
When you will be ready?

INSET PANEL D

Close up on Winne.

WINNE 1
I will not take more than five minutes.

PANEL E

A reverse shot from overhead. WINNE has the backpack on her shoulder. She is keenly oobserving different tools ranging from low-tech (screw driver, hammers, etc) to super high-tech gadgets like altimeter, GPS etc. These will help her to cope with different situations that she is going to face shortly.

WINNE 2
Tools? Oh, yes! It is required for my survival and response.

PAGE 5

PANEL A

TEXT BOX: Matsiloje, Botswana.

We are outside a dingy hotel. The board outside of course tells a different story—it is named as Princes Paradise. Bunches of young lad are eating out with much noise. CREATA is busy with her laptop on a corner table. It seems as if the noise is not reaching her. The tint for this sequence is light tan.

CREATA 1
Any brief?

ALCHEMY 2
Wait a bit, I am sending it now.

PANEL B

Creata’s laptop window is having a map with labeled data here and there under the heading EVOKE 002001:

As Creata clicked on a specific place on map, a red sign pop up indicating dangerous situation.
News headline: All crops perished due to drought.
Faces of malnutrition from Harare national TV also pop up.
Prediction of price spiral on screen from Hoarders Association is also prominent.

OFF-PANEL 1
Climate change is to blamed for this.

PANEL C

ALCHEMY 1
What’s your take?

CREATA 1
Watershed approach with emphasis on rainwater harvesting and afforestation will solve the problem and we will harvest a bumper yield in the next season.

ALCHEMY 3
I think you have suggested after a thorough research and thinking process. All the best!

PANEL D

Creata departs with her back sac.

PAGE 6

PANEL A

Harare. THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE.
The video conferencing screen just popped up “ATTENTION! INCOMING CALL.”

CABINET SECRETARY
It’s for you, sir. It’s him.

PRIME MINISTER 1

So EVOKE has responded to our request.

PANEL B

ALCHEMY appears on the screen. That is, Alchemy’s digital avatar appears.

ALCHEMY 1
Mr. Prime Minister, this is Alchemy. You are EVOKE number 002001. Do you know how we work?

PRIME MINISTER 2
Not really. But I have heard that you are very pragmatic.

INSET PANEL C

We will see Alchemy appears from top for this scene.

ALCHEMY 3
And that’s what you’ll keep telling people.

PANEL D

WINNE takes pictures of an empty lot in a residential neighborhood.

OFF-PANEL (maybe in a text box with quotes)
Officially, we don’t exist.

PANEL E

WINNE started computer simulation modeling with input from actual field situation.

OFF-PANEL (text box, quotes?)
Our specialists will handle your drought, but everything is off the books.

PANEL F

CREATA takes soil and water samples in farm.

OFF-PANEL (text box, quotes?)
You’ll quietly facilitate local natural resources and access to public land. We’ll provide the imagination.

PAGE 7

PANEL A

WINNE interviews a farmer who has migrated with family from his village, 20 km north of Harare in search of fortune.

OFF-PANEL (text box, quotes?)
When we will finish, there will be no such migration.

PANEL B

WINNE is busy for collection of data with her palmtop.

OFF-PANEL (text box, quotes?)
We will initiate a cooperative with profits.

PANEL C

CREATA examines scorched leaves on trees on the farm land.

OFF-PANEL (maybe in a text box with quotes)
We will also initiate capacity building of the locals so that in future they can solve their own problem and don’t need an EVOKE.

PANEL D

A wide angle shot of Harare, looking down from above.

OFF-PANEL 1 (text box? But make clear that this is the Prime minister speaking, not Alchemy)
When EVOKE team will arrive?

PANEL E

A view from high altitude; flash of Harare topography.

OFF-PANEL 1 (text box? This is Alchemy speaking again.)
Mr. Prime Minister, don’t worry. We will just be there in time.

PANEL F

We see on a big screen in the heart of Harare market the flash of http://evokefarmproblems.wordpress.com/.

OFF-PANEL 1
We are already there.

TEXT BOX
EVOKEFARMPROBLEM is here to stay.

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