A cautionary tale about the toll of American oil investment in West Africa, Big Men reveals the secretive worlds of both corporations and local communities in Nigeria and Ghana. Director Rachel Boynton gained unprecedented access to oil companies in Africa and has created a gripping account of the ambition, corruption, and greed that epitomise Africa's 'resource curse.' The film deftly uncovers the human impact of oil drilling and contains remarkable footage, in particular of militants operating in the Niger Delta. It provides a nuanced and compelling illustration of the responsibility that a range of actors bear for the environmental, economic, and political harm inflicted by resource extraction.
In Nigeria and elsewhere, Human Rights Watch has looked extensively at the human rights cost of oil drilling, focusing in particular on the silencing of activists, the environmental impact of drilling, the lack of accountability for security force abuses, and the mismanagement of oil revenue in the face of endemic poverty. Human Rights Watch has also explored in numerous reports the link between abundant resources and unfulfilled human rights, notably basic health care and education, as well as the challenge of eradicating corruption and ensuring fiscal transparency.
The Cursed Ones - a story of corruption and witchcraft - will be playing at the New York African Film Festival on 5/5 and 5/10. Check it out at Film Society of Lincoln Center and use the promo code NYAFF23 for discounts! www.bit.ly/1VTmVfp #NYAFF23
A huge thank you to our London audiences! We had a great 20th anniversary of the festival and hope you did too. #hrwff
ff.hrw.org/London Filmmaker Nanfu Wang and super activist Ye Haiyan (Hooligan Sparrow) must avoid arrest and assault by government goons. But they can't stop her protest going viral. London's opening night film, Hooligan Sparrow: a thriller doc set across southern China featuring friends who will go to any lengths to expose the truth. #iwd #iwd2016 #femalefilmmakers #China #thriller #documentary #openingnight #canapé #reception #qanda #humanrights #film #London #soho
ff.hrw.org/London Legendary author, activist, and playwright, Larry Kramer gave voice to the outrage and grief that inspired a generation of gay men and lesbians to fight for their lives. As one of the most outspoken and controversial figures in contemporary gay America, the pioneering activist called for direct action to make AIDS a national issue, forever changing public health policy. Larry Kramer In Love & Anger paints a vivid picture of a divisive man who has paved the way for gay rights in the United States and beyond. Showing March 11/12 at #HRWFF #London ff.hrw.org/London #hrwff2016 #documentary #lgbt