Chude Jideonwo, the media personality, has come through with his documentary titled ‘Awaiting Trial’.
The project, which is up for free five-day screening on YouTube, addresses the struggles of three families to find those they lost to police brutality.
It also “presents the devastating ramifications of the injustice of the Nigerian Police, not just in terms of justice and fairness, but in terms of destroying families, upturning mental balance, and creating an environment and culture of fear.”
The project features top figures who led the #EndSARS protest against police brutality in October 2020 including Falz, Mr Macaroni, and Rinu Oduala.
Speaking on the project, Jideonwo said: “It’s taken a lifetime of visioning and two years in production, but finally, my life’s work in the media has led me into a new extension as a filmmaker.
“We have launched an international factual film studio with offices in Lagos, London and New York – and we have announced our first film, ‘Awaiting Trial’, that tells the story of the historic #EndSARs protests, police brutality and Nigeria’s deadly criminal justice system”.
The 75-minute project has continued to receive commendations since its release on Tuesday.
In an Instagram post, Chimamanda Adichie, the renowned author, said the project is “significant and deeply moving”.
“Chude Jideonwo has made a film that is important, necessary and deeply moving. We know the rot is deep, we know the soul of Nigeria is at stake, and yet to see it so starkly presented, to hear from families destroyed by an inhumane and incompetent Nigerian state, feels newly devastating,” she wrote.
“We need change. We need humanity. We need real justice.”
Watch the documentary here.
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