Image via AT&T; Untold Stories.

Tribeca Film 'Nigerian Prince' Lands US Distribution Deal with Vertical Entertainment

The film "Nigerian Prince" takes a deeper look at 419 scammers and it will soon be available in the States as part of a new distribution deal.

Get your popcorn ready because the film Nigerian Prince is getting a limited theatre release this fall through a new deal with Vertical Entertainment, Deadline reports.

419 scammers have been a Nigerian trope for years, but an overly familiar narrative can become a more complicated story when it is told by the right director. Nigerian Prince is the debut feature film by Faraday Okoro about a Nigerian-American teenager who is forced to return to Nigeria by his parents and ends up joining email scammers to buy his ticket home. The coming of age thriller goes beyond the narrative of email scamming and explores the struggles and desires of first generation Nigerian-Americans.

This year the film gained attention after it won the AT&T Untold Stories prize that awarded Okoro $1 million dollars to produce the film. Okoro was also supported by influential figures like Spike Lee and Biyi Bandele who became executive producers for the film.

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