Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Isn't it interesting how all of these stories are interrelated to outrageous crimes against humanity, but the real perpetrators are hailed as hero's and the victims as terrorists....this story is getting old....Oil corporations are the real terrorists ..
Sweet Crude is the story of Nigeria’s Niger Delta – a story that’s never been captured in a feature-length film.
Beginning with the filmmaker’s initial trip to document the building of a library in a remote village, Sweet Crude is a journey of multilayered revelation and ever-deepening questions. It’s about survival, corruption, greed and armed resistance. It’s about one place in one moment, with themes that echo many places throughout history. Sweet Crude shows the humanity behind the statistics, events and highly sensationalized media portrayal of the region. 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 issues are local and human, yet they have far-reaching political, environmental and economic implications. It’s a powder-keg situation that affects the daily lives and futures of the people who live there. Left unchecked, its consequences will be felt around the globe. Yet barely anyone outside the Delta knows what’s really happening.
Why do we care enough to make this movie? Because raising awareness just might be the tipping point it takes to head off civil war. Because the kids of the Delta deserve a future. Because what happens in Nigeria ripples through African political stability and global economic markets. Because Nigeria produces more than 10 percent of the U.S. oil supply. Ultimately, the events unfolding in the Niger Delta affect us all.
It will take a vigilant world community to advocate for nonviolent political solutions. With this independent documentary, we take a stand for a more truthful conversation, with the hope that a more educated public will hold governments and big oil accountable to peaceful and just resolution.
What is sweet crude?
Petroleum (crude oil) comes out of the ground with varying chemical composition. “Sweet” refers to low levels of sulfur and hydrogen. This less corrosive make-up allows for simpler facilities and equipment, thus easier and cheaper refining. Sweet crude is typically preferred for gasoline processing – and is the most popular type of oil futures commodity contracts. The Niger Delta produces some of the “sweetest” crude in the world.
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