DELTA – OIL’S DIRTY BUSINESS

At the Delta of Niger River in Nigeria, where a vast proportion of planet’s oil is excavated, bomb attacks, abductions and murders form part of daily routine. The documentary portrays the image of “development”, the way giant multinational petroleum companies would define it. Petroleum leaks in the River destroy 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 massively and brutally attacked by special forces of the army and the police, which are armed by the oil companies. The camera meets at the river militia of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta-MEND- and presents to the world for the first time shattering images of their speed boat patrols and of their 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. 67 MINUTES, AVAILABLE VERSIONS: Greek, English, French. Winner FIPA D’ARGENT – Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, Biarritz France January 2007 Winner JUNIOR JURY AWARD – 5th International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH), Geneva Switzerland March 2007
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