2018 Scene-Writing Challenge: Day 4
Scott Myers
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INT- DAY Osny prison — Chemin Vert, 95520 Osny, France.

TITLE CARD: Special unit: Detainees — Terrorism.

FADE IN:

INT. WARDEN’S OFFICE

JUSTICE MINISTER NICOLE BELLOUBET offers up her hand in greeting to IMAM OUSSAMA as he enters the room, they shake hands.

IMAM OUSSAMA

Minister Belloubet I presume.

MS. BELLOUBET

Imam Oussama.

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CLOSE-UP: Goldfish swimming in it’s small goldfish bowl sitting on top of a big oak desk in the center of the room.

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Ms. BELLOUBET

The goldfish, we found him inside one of the cells. We find lots of things inside the cells. Things that shouldn’t be here.

IMAM OUSSAMA

No pets alllowed.

Ms. BELLOUBET

No dogs, that’s for sure.

IMAM OUSSAMA

Hah!

Ms. BELLOUBET

We do have lots of rats.

IMAM OUSSAMA

I’m sure. Rats or no rats, I’m priveledged to be Osny Prison’s new Imam.

MS. BELLOUBET

We are most honored to have you here Imam Oussama. The men in these special units are considered dangerous, but, we believe salvageable, and under our new program and with your help we can make a dent in their rehabilitation.

IMAM OUSSAMA

We will see that God’s work done, certainly. But first, we must consider the overcrowding crisis. Here, in your prison, overcrowding is not just confined to. prisoners.

Ms. BELLOUBET

You’re talking about the rats.

IMAM OUSSAMA

The rat infestation here’S like the black plague. We’re taking you to court.

MS. BELLOUBET

You’re taking Osny prison to court.

IMAM OUSSAMA

That’s what I said. Yes.

Ms. BELLOUBET

Jesus.

IMAM OUSSAMA

We have videos. Scores of rats can be seen climbing all over each other getting food on the prison’s grounds.

Ms. BELLOUBET

You know we’ll fight this.

IMAM OUSSAMA

The conditions here are deplorable. Our brotherhood eats with rats. Rats in their cells. They take their shower with rats. The water in the shower stink’s of rats because there are rats inside the pipes. Rats run around the courtyard where the men play football.

MS. BELLABOUT

This meeting is concluded then. See you in court.