Agence France-PresseMarch 5, 2014 23:50
A prominent director goes to Nigeria's troubled oil-producing region and recruits 21 youngsters with absolutely no film experience.
He brings them to one of the country's most expensive hotels for a 10-day filmmaking crash-course then flies them back home to make movies about positive, non-violent change.
Picking up the tab are US taxpayers -- red carpet premieres included.
"This is pretty out there," the US Consul General in Nigeria's economic capital Lagos, Jeffrey Hawkins, said of a new TV programme which chronicles the search for new moviemakers.