laurels icon Best Short Of The Festival Nominee
  • Relative States
  • 11min
  • Narrative Short
  • 2019

On an excruciatingly hot day in East Nigeria, a young boy learns the hard way that all actions have consequences. Troublemaker is a coming of age story about masculinity and violence. What are the devastating effects of war across different generations and on local communities?

Olive Nwosu was born in Nigeria. In 2020 she became a BAFTA Scholar. She is also an Alex Sichel Fellow at Columbia University School of the Arts and an African Promises director of the Institut Français’ Africa-2020 programme. Her work is informed by her experiences across multiple continents.


Columbia University School of the Arts, Film Program


Olive Nwosu

Executive Producer

Blessing Onyekwere

Executive Producer

Tom Fowler


Olive Nwosu

Director of Photography

Tom L Weir


Olive Nwosu

Sound Designer

Tzvi Sherman

Sound Designer

Roman Chimienti

Production Designer

Emma Hall-Martin