Graduate student Anthony Onah was trained as a biochemist. But his prize-winning film 'The Cure' isn't about the miracles of medical science. Instead, Onah dramatizes how a medical emergency can upset a family's precarious financial balance, leaving a loving mother unable to give her son the surgery he so desperately needs.
Onah is the winner of the 'Stolen Dreams' competition, a collaboration between the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the AARP's 'Divided We Fail' initiative. Eight short films were judged by a panel of industry professionals, and Onah's won the $7,500 grand prize.
Writer-producer Steven Bochco, one of the judges, told the Los Angeles Times about the point of the competition. "What film can do is to tell a story that causes you to ask very serious questions about a broken system," Bochco said. All of the entries focus on the health care and financial security crisis that the 'Divided We Fail' initiative is designed to address.
Watch the film on www.stolendreams.com
Video interview with Anthony Onah
More about Anthony Onah and 'The Cure' (TFT web site)
Aspiring filmmakers tackle healthcare woes (Los Angeles Times)
Onah, a graduate student in the M.F.A. directing program, was born in Nigeria and raised in the Philippines, England, Nigeria, Togo, and the U.S. His creative team is equally cosmopolitan: co-producers MiQui Huang and May Lugemwa are from China and Uganda, composer Ulf Anneken is from Germany, director of photography Akis Konstantakopoulos was born in Greece, and editor Hanjin Park is from South Korea.