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DELTA BOYS tells the untold stories of the militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
DELTA BOYS tells the untold stories of the militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
184 backers pledged $16,202 to help bring this project to life.

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DELTA BOYS review in the New York Times!

DELTA BOYS was reviewed today in the New York Times syncing with its release today on Netflix, Hulu and SnagFilms.

The film is also already available on iTunes and Amazon.

Watchlist: Years after the Headlines, the Documentary Arrives


Those interested in documentary filmmaking, the situation in the Niger Delta or the travails of Americans overseas may remember the story of Andrew Berends, who was arrested and charged with spying in Nigeria in 2008 while working on a film about militants in the oil-rich delta. He briefly became the subject of international bulletins during his 10-day ordeal and the campaign to win his release.

Now there’s happier news: The resulting documentary, “Delta Boys,” is being released Tuesday online at sites including SnagFilms and Hulu. The 55-minute film was largely shot inside the camp of the rebel leader Ateke Tom, who at the time led a band of 2,000 young men claiming to fight for the rights and welfare of delta residents against the oppression of the Nigerian government and foreign oil companies. A slice-of-life production with minimal narration and a smattering of news reports for context, it doesn’t present alternate points of view, though Mr. Berends raises the question of whether the militants are in it for justice or for money and violence.

Life in the muddy forest camp, just up the river from brightly lighted and heavily guarded oil facilities, is something most Westerners won’t have seen before, even amid the current outpouring of socially engaged documentaries. But Mr. Berends’s best and most unusual material comes in a brief visit to a nearby village where a woman goes into a dangerous and protracted labor. Medicine consists of roots, and the birth elicits calls for the fetching of sand, whose purpose remains mysterious. Exhibiting perfect timing, Mr. Berends has his camera on a tense young man at the moment the baby’s first cry is heard. He smiles, and so do we.


DELTA BOYS is now available on DVD on Amazon: DELTA BOYS on DVD

For those of you who selected the DVD as your reward: if you haven't received it yet, and you sent in your address, your DVD will ship tomorrow. Expect to receive it soon.

If you didn't respond to a previous inquiry for your address, please send it to me.


DELTA BOYS had its European premiere last month at Milan International Film Festival.

DELTA BOYS will screen at Bergen International Film Festival in Norway, October 17th - 24th.

Thank you again for your support!

DELTA BOYS World Premiere tomorrow night at IFC Center in New York City!

DELTA BOYS will have it’s world premiere tomorrow night at the IFC Center as the closing night film of the Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Series Spring Season 2012.

Watch the trailer now: DELTA BOYS Movie Trailer

And see the movie tomorrow night: Buy Tickets

I'll be attending and giving a Q&A after the film. Then we'll all gather at a nearby bar after the film.

So I want to thank you all one more time for your generous support, and hope to see you at the premiere!

DELTA BOYS World Premiere at IFC Center in New York City!

I am very excited to invite you to the world premiere of DELTA BOYS at the IFC Center in New York City as the closing night film of the Stranger Than Fiction documentary series Spring season.

Buy Tickets

Tuesday, May 29th at 8PM
IFC Center
323 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY

I will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film. Then we’ll all gather in a nearby bar to continue the discussion, and celebrate the premiere.

After eight months of filming in Nigeria, I was arrested, detained, and expelled from the country by Nigerian authorities who don’t want this story to be told. I am very happy to finally be able to bring DELTA BOYS to the screen, and hope you will be able to attend.


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Dear Friends,

On Saturday night, the DELTA BOYS Kickstarter campaign reached its successful conclusion. With the support of 184 backers including yourself, we raised $16,202!

This money is a big help leading up to the film’s release in 2012, and these 184 votes of confidence have energized me in the final push toward the film’s completion.

To those of you expecting rewards, I’ll be sending out surveys to find out shipping information and other important details. Most rewards will begin shipping in January.

Thank you all so much for your kind and generous support as I approach the final stage of the DELTA BOYS journey.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, happy holidays and fabulous New Year!