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Delta - Oils Dirty Business
Running Time: 64 minutes
Showtime: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 06:00 PM
Director: Yorgos Avgeropoulos
Description: [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]
At the Delta of the Niger River in Nigeria, where a vast proportion of the planet's oil is excavated, bomb attacks, abductions and murders form part of the daily routine.The documentary portrays the image of "development", as giant multinational petroleum companies would define it. Petroleum leaks in the River destroy the flora and fauna, poison the food chain and consequently wipe out the 27 million indigenous people of the area - the Ijaws, the Ogoni and the Itsekiris.
The inhabitants dare to ask the self-evident, they demand an end to it. As a response they are being massively and brutally attacked by special forces of the army and the police, which are armed by the oil companies. On the river the camera meets militia of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta-MEND- and, for the first time, presents to the world shattering images of their speed boat patrols and heavy weaponry.
The Delta of Niger is a lost paradise. As the documentary reveals, it is a place where despite the natural beauty, contemporary "globalized" hell prevails.
Festivals & Awards:
- Gran Premio per il Miglior Film, Ecovision Palermo, Italy
- Special Mention, Cinemambiente Torino, Italy
- FIPA d argent, FIPA Biarritz, France
- Young Jury prize, Human Rights International Film Festival Geneva, Switzerland
- Special Mention, Ecocinema - 7th International Film Festival Piraeus, Greece
- Best Feature Film, X FICA Goiania, Brazil
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