In Ghana, a small American energy company fights to hold onto its discovery of oil just as a new government comes into power. In Nigeria, where oil has already been discovered, the ramifications of the oil industry have taken their toll on the people, most notably those in the Niger Delta who have seen none of the benefits of this new wealth. As the American company falls under the scrutiny of the new Ghanaian government and the U.S. Justice Department, the contracts for the oil field languish. Jobs are lost, power plays are made and all the while, the Ghanaian people wait to reap the benefits. In the Niger Delta, pipelines are attacked and set on fire as militants continue to demand more of the wealth from their government. With unprecedented access and an unflinching eye, Big Men takes us deep into the African oil industry in Ghana and Nigeria, delivering an exposé on the ambition, greed and corruption that threaten to exacerbate Africa’s resource curse and leave more of its citizens behind.
Length: 99 minutes
Language: English, Ijaw, Twi
Director: Rachel Boynton
Screenwriter: Rachel Boynton
Producer: Rachel Boynton
Editor: Seth Bomse
Cinematographer: Jonathan Furmanski
Executive Producer: Steven Shainberg, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Dan Cogan, Diana Barrett, Jim Swartz, Susan Swartz, Christina Weiss Lurie, Jeffrey Lurie, Rick Rosenthal
Composer: Nathan Larson
RACHEL BOYNTON produced and directed the documentary feature Our Brand Is Crisis, winner of the International Documentary Association's Best Feature Documentary Award and named to multiple "Best of 2006" lists. Her other credits include Pageant Perfect and work on the features Well-Founded Fear and People Like Us: Social Class in America.