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Sweet Crude
Year:  2009
Running Time:  93 minutes
Country:  Nigeria/US
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Playhouse Theater
Showtime:   Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 07:05 PM
Director:  Sandy Cioffi

Description:
  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).

Set against a stunning backdrop of Niger Delta footage, the film gives voice to the region’s complex mix of stakeholders and invites the audience to learn the deeper story. The current crisis is a powder keg. Left unchecked, it will have worldwide implications – including for the U.S., which by 2015 is expected to get 25% of its oil imports from Nigeria.

What happens in the Niger Delta ripples through African political stability and global economic markets. Yet barely anyone outside the region knows what’s really happening. Escalating unrest and kidnappings by militants have shut down as much as 40% of oil production in the region.

The Nigerian government continues to make and break a long string of promises to resolve the crisis. The international community is standing by while impending war looms.

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Attending:

- Sandy Cioff (director)
- Tammi Sims (producer)
- Julie Wolf (composer)

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