“3 Nights Ago” Sika Osei throws light on PTSD in short film

The thriller staring the 53 Extra presenter touches on the subject matter of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

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Ghanaian TV presenter and actress Sika Osei presents her second short film, a psychological thriller titled "3NA: 3 Nights Ago".

“3 Nights Ago” play

“3 Nights Ago”

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Osei known for being a host on magazine programme 53 Extra plays a lead role on this project directed by Idowu Okeniyi. In a statement she described playing dual roles as executive director and actress on this as “extremely difficult”.

A scene from "3NA" play

A scene from "3NA"

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“Three Nights Ago” is about a woman’s bizarre devastating encounter with a stranger. The thriller touches on the subject matter of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). It specifically follows how the disorder develops after shocking or dangerous event in this case, a sexual trauma.

Osei says she felt she needed to shed more light on this sensitive subject.

 “I definitely knew that this was a film I wanted to make because it strongly moved me to know that so many people go through such traumatic experiences not just by strangers but people they know and trust which ends up being covered up by family or themselves as a way of saving face and covering their shame and never dealing with the negative emotional and psychological effects that it may have on them,” she said.

A scene from "3NA" play

A scene from "3NA"

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People who have PTSD feel stressed even when they are not in danger and in many cases have re-experiencing symptoms. The film producer said it was time to encourage and help people diagnosed with this illness.

But at the same time I was so hesitant to step into their shoes which I had to if I wanted to do justice to their reality on screen. It was really a matter of being brave as well as being delicate and respectful to these victims. The truth is my character could be your mother, sister, friend or just a stranger but this could be closer to you that you think. And it's time we talk about it and learn how to encourage those who've gone through such experiences speak up and get help."

“Three Nights Ago” was written by Gene Adu and also stars Ghana's Mawuli Gavor and new comer Kwame Annom Amfo. Sika Osei’s first film titled “Guilty” was released a year ago. Watch her newest 12-minute film above.