Monday, September 8, 2008
Wesleyan Grad, Documentary Filmaker Detained in Nigeria
Andrew Berends (Wesleyan, 1994) an award-winning documentary filmmaker has been detained in Nigeria for filming a Nigerian army deployment in the oil-producing Niger Delta.
Detained for a week, Berends was released briefly, and re-detained today along with his local translator Samuel George.
A website has been created to help those who are concerned keep up-to-date on Berends' fate, and to direct those willing to take action to the appropriate US officials.
Berends is best-known for his documentary about the war in Iraq, The Blood of My Brother.