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|Document Type:||Visual material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Rachel Boynton; Jonathan Furmanski; Seth Bomse; Nathan Larson; Boynton Films,; Impact Partners (Firm),; Screen Pass Pictures (Firm),; Whitewater Films,; Outcast Films,
|Language Note:||In English; closed-captioned in English.|
|Notes:||Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
Program content: ©2013.
|Credits:||Cinematography, Jonathan Furmanski ; editor, Seth Bomse ; original music, Nathan Larson.|
|Awards:||International Environmental Film Festival, Paris, France, Grand Jury Prize; Cinema for Peace, International Green Film Award; Tribeca Film Festival, official selection; HotDocs, official selection|
|Description:||1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.|
|Details:||DVD; NTSC; all regions.|
|Contents:||Extra features: Outtakes from the film: Niger Delta gas flare village ; U.S. Navy off the coast --
Interview with director Rachel Boynton.
|Other Titles:||Big men (Motion picture)
Big men :
|Responsibility:||Impact Partners, Screen Pass Pictures, and Whitewater Films present ; a film by Rachel Boynton ; directed, produced and written by Rachel Boynton ; a Boynton Films production.|
"Big Men is a real-life Treasure of the Sierra Madre, an epic tale about ambitious people who uncover a massive and exquisitely rare pot of gold in one of the poorest places on earth. In 2007 US-based Kosmos Energy discovers the first oil in the history of the West African republic of Ghana. What follows over the next five years is a twisting tale of greed and deception, which director Rachel Boynton films with razor-sharp journalistic skill. While in Ghana she makes side trips to nearby Nigeria, whose own oil reserves have been responsible for a vicious cycle of exploitation with little appreciable benefit to the country itself. Big Men travels from company meetings about oil deals worth billions to gatherings of heavily armed militants preparing to strike. And along the way it poses vital questions about what fundamentally motivates us: Is unbridled greed an intrinsic part of human nature? And can what unites us ever be greater than what divides us. A remarkable verité portrait of the deeper implications of global capitalism and the quest for oil, acclaim and cash that affects us all"--Outcast Films website, viewed Jan. 20, 2014.
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Educational Media Reviews Online (1)
(EMRO user published 2015-11-05 )
In Ghana , the term âbig menâ is a colloquial expression for men with money and power, a condition to which many aspire. The title of the documentary is fitting in that it describes the motivations of most of the principal characters in this film about the opening of the oil industry in Ghana, which...
- Kosmos Energy.
- Petroleum industry and trade -- Ghana.
- Petroleum industry and trade -- Nigeria.
- Petroleum industry and trade -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Ghana.
- Petroleum industry and trade -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Nigeria.
- Capitalism -- Social aspects -- Ghana.
- Capitalism -- Social aspects -- Nigeria.
- Ghana -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
- Ghana -- Foreign economic relations.
- Nigeria -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
- Nigeria -- Foreign economic relations.