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Despite the valuable crude oil that flows from the ground beneath their feet, the impoverished villagers in the Niger Delta wage a daily struggle to survive. This Seattle-made documentary ... See full summary »

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Despite the valuable crude oil that flows from the ground beneath their feet, the impoverished villagers in the Niger Delta wage a daily struggle to survive. This Seattle-made documentary journeys to the region to examine the complex powder keg situation that could have drastic local and global effects. Written by Seattle International Film Festival

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30 November 2007 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

In its current state (as of November 2007), this film still needs editing, but it is shaping up to be a beautifully shot, compelling film about the crisis in the Niger River Delta caused by the collusion between big multi-national oil companies and the Nigerian government, which relies on oil profits to fund 80 percent of its federal budget. As the multi-national corporation shareholders and corrupt government officials get wealthy, the 20 million people of the Delta are losing their subsistence livelihoods to the pollution caused by the oil business. The film calls for nothing more radical than third-party-led negotiations between the locals and the oil companies so the presence of the latter benefits rather than harms the former. Watch for this documentary. It is going to be astounding, and terribly important. Also compelling is the incredible irresponsibility of big American media in reporting this story, essentially calling those who organize peacefully to defend the people of the Delta "terrorists." See for yourself. The film has the outstanding production values and heart of _Born into Brothels_ and the political guts and courage of _Harlan County, U.S.A._


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