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Protecting Nelao amidst a virus


Talish Werner

Recently social media was rife with mixed emotions after two personalities received backlash and stigma with regards to their Covid-19 statuses. Award-winning Director, Oshoveli Shipoh’s latest offering depicts just what this type of stigma can do to a person. The director offers viewers a glimpse on his latest movie protecting Nelao, a love story set in the midst of a ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in this interview with unwrap.online.
 According to Shipoh, the story behind his movie is based on a sequel to the 2015, short movie, ‘Looking for Nelao’.
The movie follows the lives of the couple in love, Edward and Nelao. Edward being a devoted husband, trying to protect his wife from stigma, discrimination and death threats depicts Nelao recovering from Covid-19 and battling stigma from her community that want to kill her to avoid re-infecting them. 
The movie, which Shipo says was extremely difficult to shoot aims to help create awareness on Covid-19.  
“I want to create a conversation about the post events of patients recovering from COVID_19, as it’s not really spoken about in the media, as often,” Shipoh said.

“Is there a plan to protect the recovered patients from discrimination and stigma? It’s a conversation I’m interested in tapping into, ” he said.
Shipoh raised bemoaned lack of will to share experiences from those that survive the virus saying doing so could help the public take precautions and create some sense of hope. 
The film director did not do much pre-selection, as the movie is continuous.


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