“We May Come From Different Places… But We’re Still One People” – Watch “Dream, Poetic” a Short Film by Ishaya Bako

Love is one thing that many religious beliefs advocate. Sadly, we’re too busy being intolerant of the other person’s beliefs that we don’t stop for a second to see that we’re actually contravening the tenets we staunchly defend.

Unfortunately, we’ve taken our intolerance to the next level… we’ve said those unsavory things so often that we’ve taught our children. Our children subconsciously take the negative vibe from us and the cycle of hate continues.

In this short film, we learn a lesson of love, tolerance and the good of a little enlightenment. Directed and produced by Ishaya Bako, “Dream, Poetic” was written by Frances Okeke.

Watch the video and share your thoughts.

49 Comments on “We May Come From Different Places… But We’re Still One People” – Watch “Dream, Poetic” a Short Film by Ishaya Bako
  • GreenDiamond March 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Dat make me cry quite nice!! Nd I luk d relationship btw d mother and daughter dats wat it should always be like!!

  • opy March 28, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Wooow!! Very Lovely Movie! The poem really touched my heart. Hope we can all live as one Nigeria.

  • pretty eyes March 28, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Hmmm interesting.
    However, I would strongly advise that instead of some muslims to be talking about intolerance from christians and others, they should talk to their FELLOW MUSLIMS to stop the killings, stop the bombings, stop taking innocent lives. when they can successfully address themselves, then they can begin to address christians and others.

  • Swthrt March 28, 2013 at 11:36 am

    The religion is perfect, the followers are not….It is a sin to commit suicide or and kill in Islam….

    • LB March 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Imaginary like button!! Thank you… So as other religion followers are not perfect!!

  • Tessymila March 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Super splendid… Loved every bit of it. Touching poem…

  • Miss tee March 28, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Wow this brought me to tears… Charity they say begins at home. If we can bring up our kids in this way, letting them respect our various cultures and religions and understanding that at the end of the day, we are all human, no sect would be able to divide us.

  • Esther March 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Omg!!!! It was so inspiring….. I was moved to tears…I think every Nigerian should see this movie …..

  • FlyHijabi March 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Pretty eyes,as much as I agree with your comment, I appeal to you not to call the terrorists ‘FELLOW MUSLIMS’. To Muslims,their FELLOW MUSLIMS are those who they pray with,play with,learn with and live with in peace. The terrorists have made us feel unsafe in our own homes,they’ve taken away our liberty to dress as we wish without being seen as threats. If you ever walk on the streets of lagos and get called ‘boko haram’ because of the scarf on your head,the veil on your face or your beards,how will you feel? A person who kills the innocent either in a church,a mosque or on the streets is not doing it for FELLOW MUSLIMS because a Muslim is one from whose hands and tongue the people are safe.

    • pretty eyes March 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Pray tell please, what should they be referred to if not as muslims seeings as they are committing these acts in the name of what they believe in which in plain view is Islam?

      :(

      Please let’s not deceive ourselves dear. It hurts me as well that some innocent muslims are entangled in all this but the repair should start from within the religion before addressing others.

      • Naija talk March 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm

        pretty eyes, don’t you see that with your response, you are part of the problem. You can’t honestly think that muslims are not making any effort to address the issue. I think we know enough by now that terrorist activities are driven by greed and economic factors more than religion. When you get down to the root of the problem, it hardly has any bearing to religious factors. It’s a bunch of people seeking to wield more economic power and control. MONEY is indeed the root of all EVIL.

  • d March 28, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    culdnt help d tears. Adorable kids. Best short Movie (my opinion) a must watch for evry 9jerian hopefully dis terrorist get 2 see it nd possibly changes deir heart. Although, dey have been trained not 2 have emotions if movies like dis continue to air it culd gradually melt away deir hearts nd 9jeria wuld b a beta place. God bless Nigeria.

  • Priscy March 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Very very good and educative movie.

  • Person pikin March 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Somehow i feel the message of this film should go the other way round. Muslims should be encouraged to tolerate christians and any other religions that does not agree with their doctrines.
    To be honest christians are more tolerative than muslims especially in nigeria.

    • Pretty Eyes March 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      I agree

    • Bassy March 31, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Who told you Muslims are not tolerating Christians? The MSG is for everyone…..this is not a Muslims this but individual pple. I’m Muslim n I do have a lot of Christians friends….

  • Osas March 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    @person pikin thanks a lot….. Are we not trying boko haram keeps killing xtians!!!! how many Muslims have they killed in the south via retaliation NONE… That tolerance at its max…….. This movie doesn’t move me cause i HATE Muslims because they feel they hv the monopoly to violence…. when the jihadists kill their foot soldiers called moderate Muslims come to tell us its a religion of peace…. Unfortunately i can’t fight for my God… Its only a dead ALLAH that you fight for because he can’t fight for himself…. If a man is a thief he should be called a thief…. so why should muslims be vexed when we say the truth….. I know that some people may insult me i don’t care anymore the last Kano bombing has made me realise that no hausa man or Muslim is my brother… They will kill me for 72 virgins if they can….

    • Italian Princess March 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Sweetheart, please read up on the history of the church. Read about the crusaders and the blood letting. Read about how children and women were slaughtered because they didn’t accept Christianity. They were called pagans and they were killed. Let’s go to the bible for a second shall we? Those wars that awon David dem dem were fighting… you do realize that real, actual people were killed right.

      The problem is this.. You need to remove “HATE” from your heart. By doing so, you’d be obeying the most important requirement of Christianity. LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF.

      That said, we can talk from now till next year, some people will still continue to marinate in ignorance.
      #Dazzall

      • Osas March 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm

        LOL!!!! You know Jesus is the example of the Christians today… Jesus never fought war nor encouraged his followers to fight.. Now that’s a holy prophet.. with that being said i agree with you… I always obeyed that… I still do its just that since the last bombing i have started questioning that commandment..lol… Also with the amnesty talk of sultan and tinubu its beginning to seem like its really a holy war cause even people that i saw as moderate Muslims are backing them indirectly……

    • ‘hausa’ Christian March 29, 2013 at 4:46 am

      Osas, no Hausa man is your brother? How did you come to the conclusion that Hausas are terrorists. You do realize not all of them are Muslim. And not all Muslims are terrorists. Just say you hate Boko Haram instead of exposing your INTOLERANCE AND TRIBALISM. Do you realize who the victims of Boko Haram attacks are? Mostly Northerners.

  • Princess March 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Very nice…..I hope this is shown everywhere around Nigeria for all to watch and learn. I was also impressed with the performances of the children, coz i find out that most times in our films, they make the children look dump. Nice work

  • bee March 28, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    @pretty eyes, the religion is very perfect. It is just the way people misrepresent it. It is the same way loads of Christians open churches in the name of preaching the word of God but deep down their motive is very different. I am not going to sit here and say fellow Christians do the same thing even though the not so serious ones are painting the faces of the serious ones and causing people to question the religion and its purpose. At the end of the day, we all need to understand the roots of our religion and let the principles guide our way of life. Attacking the religion is not the best option here. Boko haram have chosen to interpret the religion to the best of their knowledge and have chosen to do what they want to do in the name of religion. I only hope we can come together as one in Nigeria and deal with our problems and stop looking at ourselves as being different.

    • ##### March 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Its the religion…. No christian can say jesus told him to kill unbelievers because there is no place in the bible where jesus says that but our prophet Mohammed said it plainly in sura 5 vs 33 kill non believers and jews so boko haram are doing the right thing according to Quaran…… So stop comparing both religions.. You can’t criticize the Quaran nor anything about the religion but you can criticize and mock the bible if you want…. That’s the difference between both religions …..

  • bee March 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I could go on and on arguing but I am not going to do that. Like I said, everyone chooses to interpret their religion in different ways and always look for what suits the situation to justify their actions. Wisdom is key in everything we do and I hope we are able to seek wisdom and gain understanding where need be.

  • bee March 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    @italian princess, you have a very valid point and I agree with you.

  • Jo! March 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    sorry couldn’t listen beyond …important “evernt”

    • OK March 29, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      LOL…I know shey? Naija ppl with their fake and by force Yankee phoné…

  • Jo! March 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    and …thank you miss “Thormas”…

  • Funke March 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Quran 5 v33 states that muslims should fight those who wage war against Islam and muslims, it does not state that muslims should kill non muslims. Muslims believe in self defence. Quoting the Quran out of context is what boko haram too are doing, people quote part of the Quran that was revealed during the war (which was between muslims and pagan arabs) but dont quote verses that was revealed after the war. The same Quran states that there is no compulsion in religion, that muslims can marry people of the book (christians and jews) and that their food is lawful unto muslims and muslims food is lawful unto them, people dont quote these verses, the same Quran states that whoever kills unlawfully is as if he has killed the whole world and whoever saves a life is as if he has saved the whole world. Of course, there is no denying that people do horrible things and they say it is for Islam, they are just justifying their evil ways, the best way to invite people to a religion is by your actions, if boko haram really wants to spread Islam in Nigeria, the question is this, is it by killing christians that they will change? We can continue to trade blame , that does not solve the problem, it is really sad that innocent people are being killed in the name of Islam, but the truth is boko haram are serving their own sinister purpose and my prayer is that Allah expose them soon

    • Luqman March 29, 2013 at 12:16 am

      @Funke…. You are quite right with your message, i used to laugh when i read some comments like ” Islam was spread by the sword by Muhammad (S.A.W).” whereas they knew nothing about Islam except what they heard from media.
      Most of the prophets were called at the age of Forty likewise Muhammad (S.A.W) and he was nicknamed by the people of Mecca as Sadiq al-amin (The trustworthy one) even before he was called as a Prophet by God, he could never read nor write, he was a man that unified all the tribes in Mecca when they were arguing on who was going to place a stone in Kabbah then (the superior tribe did place the stone initially).
      When Muhammad had listened to their claims, he considered for a moment. Then he said, “Bring me a cloak.”
      They brought one, and Muhammad spread it on the ground. Then he took the Black Stone and placed it in the center.
      “Each tribe will choose a man to hold the cloak by its edge. Then all will raise the stone together.”
      This was done, and Muhammad himself set the stone in place. Then all the tribes were satisfied, and work went on with no further dispute.

      When Muhammad was called at the age of forty as a Prophet, he was very difficult for those pagans in Mecca to resist the call because of his attributes and they all went to Jewish Rabbi in Mecca to ask about the attributes being mentioned by Jesus (P.B.U.H) about the last Prophet because Muhammad had declared himself as Prophet.
      At that time, the calling was cleared to them, it was very difficult for those pagans to desist from worshiping their idols and the next thing they could do was to wage a war on him, even his uncle that was an idol worshiper was protecting him from being harmed (if he could not force his uncle to Islam,why must he forced the entire Pagans in Mecca by sword then ?).
      When they masterminded on how to eliminate him, it was this same uncle that notified him and he migrated from Mecca to Medina, the people of Medina welcomed him wholeheartedly and he was preaching the gospel of God as a oneness God. People of Mecca were still not comfortable with him and they still went ahead to fight against him and he fought back until revelation quoted by Funke was revealed to him. God even commanded him not to kill Women and Children in the battle field and God says in Quran that “if those pagans seek you for asylum, grant it to them (Q 9 vs 5).” The people like Boko Haram will just pick those verses that you should kill pagans and Jews wherever you see them without being knowing or act out of ignorance thatit is stated in the quran that we should kill Jews and Pagans wherever we see them.
      The verses was revealed to Muhammad when the Pagans in Mecca waged a war against him to kill Jews and Pagans that came to Medina to fight the Prophet (S.A.W) .

      Quran 5 vs 32 stated that if you save a single life, it is like you have saved the whole humanity and if you kill a person as well unless the person is committing a sin that deserves being killed, it is like you have killed the whole humanity.

      P.B.U.H : Peace and Blessing be Upon Him
      S.A.W: Salla Allah alaihi Wa sallam (peace be unto him).

  • SJ March 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    This gave me goose pimples…Awesome!

  • d March 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    y all dis argument and all. m pretty sure dis movie wasn’t intended 2 spur up arguments. it is supposed 2 b educative and passed on 2 evry 9jerian so we can at least learn to live in peace not arguing on weda Christians are peace makers and Muslims are trouble makers. Be part of a change by cr8ting dis awareness, sumday one of dis boko haram pple myt see dis movie, nd we neva can tell how it culd change deir minds . If it were fuuny clips like my Oga at d top now evry1 wuld av seen it via bb, shirts nd posters wuld av been made. y cant we use dis same medium 2 spread d news d producer of d movie intended which is 2gedaness nd see where dis takes us 2. Our lives all r at stake here nd generations 2 come. STP ARGUING ND DO SOMETIN

  • jennietobbie March 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I’m so proud of this film.! ahhhhh…Im in heaven

  • Ema March 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    very nice movie

  • Beforesheimplodes March 29, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Beautiful….

  • Luqman March 29, 2013 at 12:32 am

    @Funke…. You are quite right with your message, i used to laugh when i read some comments like ” Islam was spread by the sword by Muhammad (S.A.W).” whereas they knew nothing about Islam except what they heard from media.
    Most of the prophets were called at the age of Forty likewise Muhammad (S.A.W) and he was nicknamed by the people of Mecca as Sadiq al-amin (The trustworthy one) even before he was called as a Prophet by God, he could never read nor write, he was a man that unified all the tribes in Mecca when they were arguing on who was going to place a stone in Kabbah then (the superior tribe did place the stone initially).
    When Muhammad had listened to their claims, he considered for a moment. Then he said, “Bring me a cloak.”
    They brought one, and Muhammad spread it on the ground. Then he took the Black Stone and placed it in the center.
    “Each tribe will choose a man to hold the cloak by its edge. Then all will raise the stone together.”
    This was done, and Muhammad himself set the stone in place. Then all the tribes were satisfied, and work went on with no further dispute.

    When Muhammad was called at the age of forty as a Prophet, it was very difficult for those pagans in Mecca to resist the call because of his attributes and they all went to Jewish Rabbi in Mecca to ask about the attributes being mentioned by Jesus (P.B.U.H) about the last Prophet because Muhammad had declared himself as Prophet.
    At that time, the calling was cleared to them, it was very difficult for those pagans to desist from worshiping their idols and the next thing they could do was to wage a war on him, even his uncle that was an idol worshiper was protecting him from being harmed (if he could not force his uncle to Islam,why must he forced the entire Pagans in Mecca by sword then ?).
    When they masterminded on how to eliminate him, it was this same uncle that notified him and he migrated from Mecca to Medina, the people of Medina welcomed him wholeheartedly and he was preaching the gospel of God as a oneness God. People of Mecca were still not comfortable with him and they still went ahead to fight against him and he fought back until revelation quoted by Funke was revealed to him. God even commanded him not to kill Women and Children in the battle field and God says in Quran that “if those pagans seek you for asylum, grant it to them (Q 9 vs 5).” The people like Boko Haram will just pick those verses that you should kill pagans and Jews wherever you see them without being knowing or act out of ignorance that it is stated in the quran that we should kill Jews and Pagans wherever we see them.
    The verses was revealed to Muhammad when the Pagans in Mecca waged a war against him to kill Jews and Pagans that came to Medina to fight the Prophet (S.A.W) .

    Quran 5 vs 32 stated that if you save a single life, it is like you have saved the whole humanity and if you kill a person as well unless the person is committing a sin that deserves being killed, it is like you have killed the whole humanity.

    P.B.U.H : Peace and Blessing be Upon Him
    S.A.W: Salla Allah alaihi Wa sallam (peace be unto him).

  • Lucy March 29, 2013 at 12:53 am

    You nor see am? E don reach dia matter now,fear not let anybody talk….hahaha! Peace be unto you all oh!mschewwwwwwwwww!

  • omototun March 29, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Great acting from the kids!! and the poem was good too…I particularly loved the line about “the cross and the moon”….
    as for the message of the movie?? i’d empathize if the same efforts were being put out there by the media in effort to curb radicalism by muslims (I am yet to see a movie/message/commercial directed at kids&adults alike, discouraging them from extremist tendencies), Now that would be a even bolder message, this?? it’s an easy path….that takes away from the otherwise heartwarming message of the film…this in my opinion, is putting the cart before the horse.

  • Roseline March 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    i don’t know why am crying, but i love this movie, Nigeria will be a better place, if only we love each other.

  • Viano March 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Very nice moving. Storyline and acting on point. And love the fact that it is a children’s movie which is not so common in Nigeria entertaining. There should be more of such educative films for kids in Nigeria.

    • Viano March 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Sorry, Movie i meant to say. Not moving :)

  • Strawberrycandy March 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    That was lovely!

  • Warren March 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    As i see it, hate is tantamount to murder… the only difference is that one is the intention and the other is murder. What is the difference between a racist and a religious bigot? They both judge others based on superficial stuff; the colour of one’s skin and their religious beliefs. They do not wait to qualify an individual’s character; they immediately jump to conclusions because of what a person looks like or how they dress or how they pray. How many of us actually chose our religions? More often than not a person’s religious preference is determined by such factors as geographical location and/or family backgrounds. How many of us Christians will still be christian if you were born to a hindu family in the Bombay suburbs? In the same light, how many of us muslims will still be muslim if we were born into a Buddhist family in Tibet?? Because man knows of his limitations and actually ignores his origins, man looks up to a higher power; we look up to God. In trying to each build a relationship, various people have adopted various doctrines; various laws. But the truth is, a man’s relationship with God is a personal one. Religion is one of those topics that would always be subjective. Different people would seek God differently. In this light, religion cannot be (and in my opinion would never be) universal. There would never be a time when all the peoples of earth would be all Christian or all Muslim or all Jewish or all Sikh, etc.. What is universal on the other hand is LOVE. And that’s what we need really; not rules and procedures on how to worship God. What we need is to love our God, it does not matter how we call him; whether it is Jehovah or Yahweh or Allah or Shiva.. We only need to love him/her sincerely and love our neighbours too.. By the way, any religion that creates a wedge between men, should be rethought.. How can we truly love God that we do not see yet hate the people around us?? A man’s religious beliefs or his lack of them should not be an indicator of the content of his character. We are one people, one race, made by one God. How we’ve chosen to call him and pray to him as time has passed by has depended on many factors that we presently ignore. Let us live and leave in peace and Love.

  • Warren March 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    * I meant to say hate is the intention and murder is the action…

  • Killian Red March 30, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Very good short film. The kids acted wonderfully. Nigeria must never become a hotbed of hate and division because we’ll never survive the consequences. We should be able to practice any religion or no religion at all so long as we respect others and don’t harm anyone or upset bedrock values that are fundamental to all true faiths. People should not forget that a very very significant portion of Nigerians are neither Igbo, Hausa or Yoruba and, on a personal note, since I am Yoruba and Muslim, I’d hate to see what religious intolerance would do to my people. How can one choose between one’s faith and one’s blood?

  • NYchic March 30, 2013 at 3:57 am

    truly inspiring

  • Teablinks March 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    So inspiring… We are ONE!

  • Frances Okeke March 31, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Superbe acting and directing.Change starts from within,our thoughts and speech irrespective of our religion.Kids unfortunately are very impressionable and copy our every move and thoughts;when you say ‘the yoruba people’,’abokis’,’omo nna’,’these Christians’,’all these Muslims abi boko haramites sef’ they watch,listen and follow your steps. Happy Easter friends!

  • Cate March 31, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Abegiii! Just let every Tribe waka dem owen. Igbo. Hausa and yoruba! We r not one simple!

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