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Sweet Crude
 
Documentary
94 minutes
2009
Director(s): Sandy Cioffi
USA
Fri 3:20 pm Varsity 2 RUSH
Sat 9:20 pm Varsity 2 RUSH
Sun 9:50 am Varsity 2 RUSH
Synopsis
In a small corner of Nigeria, billions of dollars of crude oil flow under the feet of a desperate people. Immense wealth and abject poverty stand in stark contrast. The environment is decimated. By late 2005, the people had had enough. A new armed resistance, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) emerged. They began kidnapping oil workers to bring international attention to the crisis and in the years since, the region has become increasingly unstable. Yet they have repeatedly stated their desire to negotiate. In this moment, there is an opportunity to tip the scales toward peace. There is an opportunity for the international community to do something about the humanitarian, environmental and economic devastation in the wake of 50 years of oil extraction. Broader issues of oil politics, mass media agendas and the role of independent journalists in getting the truth out add to this story of survival, corruption, greed and resistance. [subtitles]
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