The film, which artistically mirrors the horrific events that have trailed police brutality in Nigeria, is yet another on-screen depiction of Nigerian society by the award-winning filmmaker.
By Helena Olori
Nigerian filmmaker, Jade Osiberu, is continuing her crime-thriller streak with her new feature, Everything Scatter, which is currently underway.
Over the last two years, the multihyphenate filmmaker has been on a roll with her string of successful crime-thrillers, including Brotherhood, The Trade, and Gangs of Lagos, each contributing to her reputation as a skillful storyteller in the genre.
“She has wrapped production on the forthcoming feature, Everything Scatter, which delves into police brutality, a chronic menace that spurred massive protests in Nigeria in October 2020,” revealed international journalist, Wilfred Okiche, in an exclusive profile of Osiberu for Al Jazeera.
Everything Scatter narrates the experiences of five young Nigerians living in Lagos as they face the impact of police brutality, joining the protests against a rogue Special Anti Theft Squad (SATS).
On one hand is Abibat whose sister Zainub, was ganged raped and killed by SATS personnel. Meanwhile, Odogwu and Paul, whose brother, Dike, was arrested by the same brutal officers respond differently. They both joined the protests, one helping as a blood courier, and the other matching with the demonstrators. Caroline, a pregnant lawyer, joins in solidarity; she is taking up the case for Abibat’s family, while her husband, a former activist and a government adviser, tries to calm the situation.
Familiar Nollywood faces such as Deyemi Okanlawon, Nkem Owoh, Iretiola Doyle, Jemima Osunde, and Osiberu’s collaborator on Gangs of Lagos, Kemi Lala Akindoju, have all been teased as cast for the upcoming features.
Everything Scatter, which artistically mirrors the horrific events that have trailed police brutality in Nigeria, is yet another on-screen depiction of Nigerian society by the award-winning filmmaker.
The film is now in the post-production phase with no specific release date confirmed. Owning to the government and regulators’ response to Gangs of Lagos, Everything Scatter may possibly debut digitally on Amazon Prime Video, in continuation of the three-year deal Osiberu signed with the global streamer last year. There’s also a chance the film could screen at an international film festival in 2024. Further details about its release will be disclosed in the coming days.