Fuel, Crude and others that indict the oil companies for their efforts in various parts of the world, we can now add DELTA BOYS, an anti-ode to the oil drawn from Nigeria -- the lode of which constitutes a large portion of what we here in the USA consume. It would be one thing if the citi-zens of these countries from which oil is taken were living some sort of decent life. Instead they are poor, with little access to health, education, and welfare facilities, while the environment in which they must live grows ever more polluted. Oh, yes: and the oil companies, and the governments of these countries that collude with those oil companies, grow ever richer.
Andrew Berends was arrested, detained for ten days, and expelled from the country by the Nigerian government in a bid to suppress media coverage of the Niger Delta conflict. Up to this time, it would seem, that suppression was evidently handled pretty well, as this was yet another area of the world that Big Oil despoils and manages to keep under wraps. Well, not anymore. Mr Berends deserves a lot of credit for going to Nigeria and and getting up close and personal with at least two different anti-oil/anti-government insurgent groups -- one that seems to have the country's good as its goal, the other, maybe not.
Tom Ateke. (I might use the term "insur-gent," while the Nigerian government no doubt prefers "terrorist.")
Okoloma Ikpangi, for one -- may be concerned less with helping the poor, as some villagers tells us, than with feeding their own stomachs. Religion plays a big part of daily life here, and at one point when government troops come in to raid the camps, a priest prays to god to "make peace in Jesus' name." (It seemed to me that some of the men we see are Muslim, but I guess Christianity has also made inroads here.)
Netflix (streaming only), Hulu and SnagFilms, Delta Boys is currently available for digital download to rent or own at the Sundance site, on iTunes, Vudu and Amazon.