The trailer for “Sweet Crude,” a new documentary on the violent and exploitative (for the local population) politics of oil and the struggles to control this lucrative resource in Nigeria’s Niger Delta.

For more on this history and the struggles of Delta people against the oil companies and the rentier Nigerian state, including the hanging of Ken Saro Wiwa, the writer and prominent Ogoni leader and eight other leaders, by General Sani Abacha’s regime (in which Shell Oil was implicated), we would recommend the following: the speeches and writings of Saro Wiwa, his letter from prison and his final words before a military tribunal); the words of his son, Ken; Akin Omotoso’s fictionalizing of the events; the work of eminent geographer Michael Watts (here, here, and here for examples); and the photographs of Ed Kashi.

Further Reading

This is Congo

A long-awaited documentary takes a look at the state of politics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and highlights those who are working to build a new future.