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Beverly Naya and Bimbo Ademoye take on Emotional Abuse in "The One For Sarah"

By Editor | Oct 11, 2022

The One For Sarah, set to hit the big screens on October 28, is a romantic drama that follows the story of Beverly Naya (Sarah), who has been through emotional abuse and is on the path to rediscovering her self-worth and finding love.

The star-studded cast includes Uzor Arukwe, Adunni Ade, Daniel Etim-Effiong, Broda Shaggi, Bucci Franklin, and Shalewa Ashafa.

Directed by Lyndsey F. Efejuku and produced by Uche Louis Okocha, the 1 hour 37 minutes film will premiere on October 28, 2022, to be distributed in cinemas by FilmOne Entertainment. 

Shot in November 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the film shows a young woman's journey of self-discovery. 

Sarah is a fashion designer struggling with self-esteem issues brought on by a violent ex-boyfriend. Now trying to set up her business, by chance, the viewers will see Sarah meet Michael, a high-profile photographer who offers an opportunity to showcase her designs in a photo shoot with a modelling agency.

The One for Sarah will see its lead character build her self-esteem, and discover her inner strength. 

“A major theme the campaign of this movie will be based on is emotional abuse. Due to the rising numbers of emotional abuse cases in the society that sometimes also leads to the actual domestic abuse in relationships, we find it imperative to enlighten the public on this topic with the help of this movie,” A press release from Trino Motion Pictures said.

In 2020, at the start of filming in Lagos, Efejuku shared insight into the movie, stating that the idea behind the film is to encourage fearlessness in love and life.

Efejuku told ThisDay: “‘The One for Sarah’ is about letting go of your fears and taking a chance on life and love. The story shows romance and love; however, I believe the underlying theme goes further to encourage everyone who’s survived any form of emotional abuse to keep going."

Emotional abuse is a pattern of behaviour in which the perpetrator insults, criticises, embarrasses, shames, blames, humiliates, manipulates and generally instils fear in an individual to silence, control, or isolate them. 

Document Women discussed spotting signs of an emotionally abusive relationship last month.