|Title||The Curse of Black Gold|
|Date released (year)||2007|
|Production company||Talking Eyes Media|
|Keywords/tags||Oil, mining, natural resources, environmental degradation|
|Link to film||
|Synopsis||The Niger Delta is one of the world’s most important oil producers. But these lucrative reserves have brought little but misery to the local population. Petroleum leaks from oil wells, polluting water supplies, contaminating farmland and poisoning residents. Foreign oil workers retreat behind walled compounds, hiding from the militias who want to take control of the oil revenues. Bomb attacks, abductions and murders have become part of daily life. http://www.javafilms.fr/spip.php?article43|
|Reviews/discussion||Fifty years ago, oil was discovered in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Today, at 2.1 million barrels per day, Nigeria is the sixth-largest oil-producing country in the world and a major oil partner of the United States. Although its oil industry generates millions of dollars in revenues daily, the average resident of the Niger Delta struggles to survive on less than $1 per day.
These startling facts are portrayed in Curse of the Black Gold, a multimedia video produced by Julie Winokur of Talking Eyes Media. The video, which contains hundreds of photographs by Ed Kashi, exposes the enormous costs and devastating impact of oil exploitation on the region. The impassioned voices of Nigerian activists and poets describe how the convergence of government corruption, irresponsible oil-company practices, and abject poverty has created a militant movement seeking redress.
Photos in the video were culled from Kashi’s award-winning book Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta. The book, edited by Michael Watts, also features text by Nigerian journalists and human-rights activists.
|Links to other resources||Watts, M. (ed) (2008) Curse of the black gold: 50 years of oil in the Niger Delta. New York: Powerhouse.