01 October 2013

Big Men -- the review

I saw this documentary at the Vancouver International Film Festival (=not in general release). It describes how an American oil company tries to make a deal with the oil it finds off the coast of Ghana. The film has depth -- due to years of work by its director -- in covering the different view and outcomes in a region where oil has been a curse (there's a lot of footage about Nigeria, its corruption and conflict in the Niger Delta), capitalists have to overcome a colonial past, and everyone worries about broken promises.

Bottom Line: I give this film FIVE STARS for its balanced portrayal of the complexity of balancing between profit and greed, truth and friendship.

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