Projects

Projects

Sweet Crude
Sweet Crude
Special screening and "Q" and "A" with director on June 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM. Presented as part of Cinema Politica's monthly film series at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto

Sweet Crude is the story of Nigeria’s Niger Delta – the human and environmental consequences of 50 years of oil extraction, the history of non-violent protest, and the members of a new insurgency who, in the three years since the filmmakers met them as college students, became the young men of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).
Seattle filmmaker Sandy Cioffi and her crew made headlines while shooting this documentary about the devastating effects of oil production in the Niger Delta of Nigeria when they were taken into custody by the Nigerian military.

In a small corner of the most populous country in Africa, billions of dollars of crude oil flow under the feet of a desperate people. Immense wealth and abject poverty stand in stark contrast. The environment is decimated. The issues are complex, the answers elusive.

“A movie about crime and shame, ‘Sweet Crude’ is also a classic example of urgent, righteous-indignation agitprop cinema that succeeds in being not just angry, but art… Sean Porter’s painterly shooting, Julie Wolf’s funk-ethereal music and helmer Sandy Cioffi’s frighteningly gentle narration, all…blend to seductive psychological effect, suggesting gossamer dreams about paradise lost, with an undertone of unrefined fury.”

-John Anderson, Variety