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Big Men: Looting for oil riches in Nigeria and Ghana

3 out of 4 stars

Title
Big Men
Directed by
Rachel Boynton
Genre
Documentary
Classification
PG
Country
U.S./U.K./Denmark
Language
English/Twi/Ijaw
Year
2013

A century ago, the major European powers of the day were assiduously looting the riches of Africa. The lesson of this compelling feature is that, since then, not much has changed. Rachel Boynton deftly compares and contrasts the impact of oil discoveries in two west African nations – Nigeria and Ghana (in its offshore waters). In the former, black gold has engendered a simmering war for the spoils; that recipe, the film implies, may also be followed in Ghana. An object lesson in the hard politics of a big-money sport.

May 2, 9 p.m., Lightbox; May 3, 8 p.m., Hart House; May 5, 11 a.m., Bader.

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About the Author

Based in Toronto, Michael Posner has been with the Globe and Mail since 1997, writing for arts, news and features.Before that, he worked for Maclean's Magazine and the Financial Times of Canada, and has freelanced for Toronto Llfe, Chatelaine, Walrus, and Queen's Quarterly magazines. More

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