Monday, April 14, 2008

Seattle Film Crew detained in Nigeria!

I was just sent an email by Three Dollar Cinema which had a link to a site with this info:

The Seattle-based film crew of Sweet Crude has been detained in Nigeria. The four member team was detained in the Niger Delta Saturday, and has been moved to the capital Abuja. The filmmakers are Tammi Sims, Cliff Worsham, D.P. Sean Porter, and the film’s director, NWFF advisory Board Member Sandi Cioffi.

and go here for a report from the AP:

Seattle-based film crew held in Nigeria

Associated Press Writer

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) -- Four people from a Seattle-based film crew and a Nigerian man accompanying them have been detained and accused of traveling illegally in restive southern Nigeria, officials said.

Security forces fighting militants in the Niger Delta consider much of the vast wetland region a military zone and have barred outsiders from traveling there without express consent by authorities.

Nigerian Brig. Gen. Wuyep Rintip said the group was seized Saturday for flouting the ban and were to be flown to the capital, Abuja. He did not identify the detainees.

A U.S. official in Nigeria said the detainees were being given consular assistance. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity citing prohibitions on dealings with the media, said no further details could be given due to privacy concerns

The image is from the ABC news website and is from the documentary.

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