Arabian Lottery

Arabian Lottery

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Storyboard Description

Lottery of inevitable death.

Storyboard Text

  • Papa, I'm scared.
  • Asad is a local towns person who does not agree with the way in which the village has chosen to show their appreciation to the King.
  • It's okay Amir, we all have to do the lottery.  Don't worry, I will protect you!
  • The families in the village of Taedhib gather in the town center for the monthly lottery on September 25.
  • Let us draw quickly and get on with our lives.  Same rules as last time, the family who draws the paper with the dot gives all their water to the king.
  • The King of Taedhib - Ahmed - and the royal announcer gather in the town square, along with each household.  If the head of the house cannot participate in the Lottery of Giving, then the next in line must be the one to draw. 
  • Alula is a very loyal subject of the king.  She respects him greatly.
  • Looks like I'm drawing for the house instead of my husband today since he is home with the newborn, Dawud.  It would be such an honor to give all of our water to the one and only king who serves and leads us!
  • The towns people start to draw their slips of paper from the wooden and worn box.  Some are happy to be given the chance to show their love for the King and others are grumbling about the unfairness of the whole ideal.  Asad is one of them, while Alula is a proud women representing her family and would willingly give everything she has to the King.
  • Asad, don't talk like that about our King.  He looks over us and keeps us safe, this is the least we can do.
  • The lottery is unfair, the king should find his own water like we do.
  • Open your papers.
  • Who got it?
  • Alula steps forward with the slip of paper with the dot. 
  • I did!
  • I only have one request my king. Please take my son Dawud into your courts so that he may live.
  • I accept your request my loyal subject.
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