THE UNDERESTIMATED VILLIAN
short film, 2020
CLIENT: COMIC RELIEF
Many Ghanaians are aware of this night-biter living amongst them, yet they still choose to ignore the danger. Anopheles, nicknamed Ghana’s smallest serial killer, gives a self-indulgent speech mocking humans for how they so easily let her control their lives.
Anopheles mosquitoes, specifically the female ones, are responsible for the spread of malaria in endemic areas. Despite the existence of effective preventive measures and treatment, more awareness and change in behavior is needed to help eradicate this infectious disease completely. The Underestimated Villain is looking to provoke this behavioral change by adopting the perspective of this mosquito which, despite its size, holds so much power over the lives of Ghanaians and many others today.