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Directed by Rachel Boynton

United States 2013 99 mins.

A cautionary tale about the toll of American oil investment in West Africa, Big Men reveals the secretive worlds of both corporations and local communities in Nigeria and Ghana. With surprising, unprecedented access to oil companies, Boynton fashions a gripping account of the ambition, corruption, and greed that epitomize Africa’s “resource curse.” As it deftly uncovers the human impact of oil drilling and the operation of militants in the Niger Delta, the film provides a nuanced and compelling illustration of the responsibility that a range of actors bear for the environmental, economic, and political harm inflicted by lucrative resource extraction.



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