A crash course in changing the world.
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket - Chinese Proverb
The sun is setting over a medina in a North African city. We see a minarett in the distance.
TEXTBOX Khemisset, Morocco, May 22, 2021
OFFPANEL: "No, we don't need that!"
Inside of a clay building. The moroccan flag is hanging on the wall. A desk can be seen in the front with a
name plate: M. Khoumadi, Mayor
OFFPANEL: "We don't need you here!"
OFFPANEL: "I think you do, mayor."
Face of the mayor in a close-up
MAYOR: How can you tell me what I need? Shouldn't I know that myself?
OFFPANEL: Yes you should.
The mayor and Ember from the side, opposing each other over the table.
MAYOR: So why are you insisting on forcing your will on me?
EMBER: My will is not important! The important thing is what is necessary for the world.
MAYOR: And I say we have everything that is necessary in this city.
Close-up of Ember
EMBER: For now, you may be right. But what happens in the future?
Close-up of Ember.
EMBER (desperate): Why not give us the chance to give reading lessons in your city? It already worked well in Mali and Burkina Faso.
Close-up of the Mayor.
MAYOR: We have all the education necessary. So thank you, but no!
Textbox: Later outside ...
In the background: Oriental home markets and customers ... busy haggling going on.
Ember is holding a communication device, talking inside.
EMBER: Sorry, Alchemy. He said he doesn't want a new school here.
Inside of the communication device. Alchemys face is visible.
ALCHEMY via the device: He obviously hasn't realized the problem yet.
EMBER (OFF PANEL): So what do we do now?
Inside Alchemy's office. Lots of communication panels on the wall.
ALCHEMY: I'll contact the network to collect some convincing facts. Meanwhile, check the local community
to see if you can find out anything.
The display of Alchemy's computer. We see the message he send out to the Evoke network: WE HAVE AN OBSTACLE
IN MOROCCO. CONTACT THE TEACHER'S COMMUNITY.
Textbox: Christchurch, New Zealand
Boathouses in the docks, an agent from the teacher's community answering the cell phone.
AGENT: Yes, I have time to come to nothern Africa by next month.
Textbox: Madras, India
A open schoolhouse in some suburb of the city. A female agent in a sari on a cell phone.
AGENT: Sorry, I'm drowning in students here. But I will contact Antonio.
Textbox: Naples, Italy.
Sunset over the Tyrrhenian Sea. An associated agent sitting in a café.
ANTONIO: Sure, I can take a jump across the sea to come to Morocco.
Display of agent Ember's communication device.
ALCHEMY: OK, we have enough teachers together who can provide for the education. Now you need to do the
Ember still on the streets of Khemisset.
EMBER, smiling: Don't worry, I already have a plan.
Textbox: Later in the city hall...
Ember hands over a piece of paper to the mayor.
EMBER: We have a great opportunity here, but if you choose to refuse ...
Close up of the mayor.
MAYOR: I will not change my decision ...
The mayor sings the piece of paper, Ember stands by his side.
Panel ESide picture again with Ember opposing the mayor.
EMBER (smiling): Thank you for agreeing with our plan.
MAYOR (astonished): What?
The piece of paper with Ember's index finger pointing.
EMBER: These are not decorations. These are Thai letters. They say that you agree to build the new school.
Look over Ember's shoulder from behind.
MAYOR (slamming the table): You tricked me!
EMBER (content): Yes I did. I wanted to show you what can happen when you lack a necessary skill. I don't think you
want to happen anything like that to your electors.
The mayor is sunken into his armchair. He looks resignating.
MAYOR: I agree, you were very convincing.
EMBER: Thank you. You won't regret it.