With the Tribeca Film Festival only one day away, many are looking forward to the screening of The Nigerian Prince. The director, Faraday Okoro, was the 2017 winner of AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, which came with a $1 million prize to bring his vision to reality.
AT&T is the presenting sponsor of the famed New York City film festival and is now in its second year of AT&T Presents: Untold Stories. With a focus on celebrating diversity and inclusion in film, the program comes with mentorship and distribution guidance to rising filmmakers.
Okoro’s story is centered around a Nigerian-American high school student who is sent to Nigeria by his parents. This teenager Eze, played by Anotnio Bell, works with his cousin Pius (who scams tourists) to earn money for the return journey. Like the title character, Okoro was sent to Nigeria for two years. Although hesitant at first in a new country and new culture, he said that being pushed outside of his comfort zone eventually proved to be an incredible opportunity—one that inspired his artistry.
At a time when the industry is rightfully trying to highlight more diversity in front of and behind the camera, this type of partnership provides an opportunity for underrepresented filmmakers to gain valuable experience and connections.
The Nigerian Prince will be screening from 4/24-2/29.