Best Documentary Feature
Tribeca Film Fest
In Ghana, Kosmos Energy, a small American energy company, fights to hold onto its enormous discovery of oil, called the Jubilee Field, just as a new government comes into power. In Nigeria, where oil has already been discovered, the ramifications of the oil industry have taken their toll on the people, most notably those in the Niger Delta who have seen none of the benefits of this new wealth. As the American company falls under the scrutiny of the new Ghanaian government and the U.S. Justice Department, the contracts for the oil field languish. Jobs are lost, power plays are made and all the while, the Ghanaian people wait to reap the benefits. In the Niger Delta, pipelines are attacked and set on fire as militants continue to demand more of the wealth from their government.
With unprecedented access and an unflinching eye, Big Men takes us deep into the African oil industry in Ghana and Nigeria, delivering an exposé on the ambition, greed and corruption that threaten to exacerbate Africa's resource curse and leave more of its citizens behind. What follows is a twisting tale of greed and deception with global implications, told by director Rachel Boynton (Our Brand Is Crisis) with razor-sharp journalistic skill.
Directed by Rachel Boynton, UK/Denmark/U.S.A., 2013, 99 mins. In English, Ijaw and Twi with English subtitles.
FACETS FILM DIALOGUE
Filmmaker Rachel Boynton will be here for a Q&A after all screenings on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19.