Host of #WithChude, Chude Jideonwo, recently announced his first film, ‘Awaiting Trial’ with a teaser via social media.
‘Awaiting Trial’ is a documentary film that explores both the #EndSARS protests and the ‘deeper illness’ they point to – the phenomenon in Nigeria’s communal justice system called ‘awaiting trial’ where people are arrested and detained indefinitely without charge.
Just a day after releasing the trailer, ‘Awaiting Trial’ has received double recognition from one of Africa’s biggest movie platforms, the Africa Film Festival (AFRIFF). In official communication from the Festival this week, ‘Awaiting Trial’ was announced both as an Official Selection and Nominee.
The film is the first from the slate of Chude Jideonwo Presents, the factual and unscripted content studio. Featuring actors Falz, Mr Macaroni; activist Rinu Oduala and others; it is directed by Chude Jideonwo, with post-production handled by AMA Psalmist Visuals and music from Timi Dakolo and Ego Ogbaro. Jideonwo shared in an Instagram post announcing the studio on Wednesday,
“Over the next 24 months, you will be seeing a slate of factual and unscripted content from our studio – docuseries, docudramas, biopics, reality soaps, stand-up, true crime – that tell the stories of our common humanity in a way that connects deeply with audiences in and from Africa,”
“There are so many unexplored stories, every day in the news headlines, that tell us something meaningful about who we are and how we got here. But as we struggle to survive, we don’t go beyond the headlines, and we don’t find deeper truths. We will tell those stories.”
Link to the trailer here: https://youtu.be/3G3DBcg5zNk