Delta Boys

55min | 2012
An American documentary filmmaker crosses the lines of Nigeria’s oil conflict in order to bear witness to the lives of the militants engaged in the struggle, and the civilians caught in the crossfire. With breathtaking cinematography, DELTA BOYS offers a never before seen glimpse of life in the volatile oil-rich Niger Delta. DELTA BOYS follows the lives of militant “Godfather” Ateke Tom who rules over his rebel camp with an iron fist, and Chima, a 21-year-old who left his home to join the fight. The film also shows life in a tiny fishing village where Mama, a 22-year-old, struggles to give birth amidst the conflict with no access to modern medical care. Their personal stories reflect a broad global struggle between entrenched power and corporate interest and an underserved population. Despite the region’s massive oil wealth, the inhabitants of the Niger Delta live in poverty. Ateke’s militants have called for greater distribution of wealth and jobs. When their requests have been ignored, they’ve attacked oil-pipelines, kidnapped foreigners, and made the entire delta a no-go zone. But many feel that while the Niger Delta cause is just, the militants’ motives are not so pure.

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Topics: Africa, Poverty, Military, Sundance Film Festival, Fascinating People, Government, Health, Tradition, Globalization, Oil, Conflict, Nigeria, Corruption, Big Oil
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November 7, 2014
B
Kris Haamer
Kris Haamer
April 1, 2014
C
DEIDRE
DEIDRE
February 14, 2014
C-
Lisa Howard
Lisa Howard
January 8, 2014
A+
Marie Marie
Marie Marie
December 23, 2013
C
Ni Morr
Ni Morr
September 7, 2013
B
Brenda Osibin
Brenda Osibin
August 16, 2013
A
Jade Bassil
Jade Bassil
August 2, 2013
A+
Evanni Isaac
Evanni Isaac
April 10, 2013
I knew something was odd about this 'struggle' when one said that there was enough food and drinks and smoke @ the camp; that money was not their problem. Freedom figthers don't say that, not on film anyway. Not after you started by saying that good roads and schools and polluted water, poverty and all what not was the reason for taking up arms. I also saw the villagers laughing at them during the short gun exchange. These ex-felons gave up 'the fight' for a few jobs and pocket cash. Idiots.