andrew zadel


Second Round

Austin Film Festival

Screenplay Competition 2023



Final Draft Big Break 2020


In the arid scrubland of South Darfur, a complex and violent ethnic conflict is unfolding. Millions of people have been displaced and hundreds of thousands have been murdered. The rebel Sudan Liberation Army controls a patchwork of territory, and the Government of Sudan waits for any chance to strike back and shift the balance.

As the fighting continues, a small team from the aid organization Humanity International is trying to get things done. They cross the line of control every day, drilling water points and delivering food aid to innocent people who have been forced from their homes.

“Same as always — the
Government of Sudan pretends to cooperate, and then they do everything they can to fuck us up. That’s the game.”

The Displaced brings to life the hard reality of one of the most difficult professions in the world. Based on the true stories of international aid workers and their national staff colleagues, The Displaced paints an evocative picture of modern humanitarian work, complete with all its contradictions and frustrations. It’s a show that teaches us that we can never really help anyone, but we still have to try.

“If I die tell my wife to use the insurance money to send my eldest boy to school in Nairobi. I don’t want him to end up in Darfur like his father.”

The Displaced is an unproduced one-hour TV drama created by Andrew Zadel. The pilot script advanced to the Second Round of the 2023 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, in both the Drama Teleplay Pilot and AMC One-Hour Pilot categories. The same script was also a quarter-finalist in the 2020 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest.

For questions about the screenplay, please contact the author at andrewzadel [at] gmail [dot] com.