P1-AR660_Nigeri_G_20090918150937Blessing is a political thriller set in Port Harcourt, the oil capital of Nigeria. It’s about a restless young woman named Blessing and her entrepreneurial boyfriend. Desperate for money when their child nearly dies of asthma, Blessing and her boyfriend decide to kidnap a young white American oil worker for ransom. Blessing cons her way into the oil workers compound to set up Bobby, a Louisiana oil guy. As you might expect, Blessing and Bobby are attracted to each other. As you might not expect, Bobby is also running a con on Blessing. When con man meets con woman, we’re taken on a wild ride through the corrupt world of Western oil companies and African politicians.

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This small but powerful drama script packs a powerful punch. The writers weave a story that is emotional, compelling, and satisfying on many levels. We are being offered a glimpse into a world that is new and exciting and dangerous and mysterious all at once, and it is captivating.

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My father and brother were pioneers in solar power and their work was explored in my film, The Self-Made Man. After my father's death, I wanted to make a film about energy. My research lead me to Nigeria, Africa's oil powerhouse. I've made five trips to Nigeria, where Niger Delta residents and ex-pat oil workers helped me write Blessing.

Susan Stern