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Cleaning Up an Ecological Nightmare in the Niger Delta in ‘The Ogoni’

Cleaning Up an Ecological Nightmare in the Niger Delta in 'The Ogoni'

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The Ogoni

Logline: A feature documentary about global corporate vandalism.  We tell the story of a land devastated by the petroleum industry, the people who live on it and have to carry on regardless, and a handful of passionate activists who are fighting for justice.

Elevator Pitch: 
The Kpekpee family live in a Niger Delta town where their livelihood and food supply has been poisoned by oil pollution in both the water they drink and air they breathe. Illness is rife and the primary social activity for the community is burials. In this toxic and contaminated environment, a community worker tries to quell the conflicts caused by an oil industry settlement, while a group of environmental activists fight for justice and the release of an important emblem, an impounded bus made of steel.

Production Team:
Production team : Frances Feeny, Davout Studios – Paris, Social Action – Port Harcourt
Writer and Director : Frances Feeny
Cinematography : Théo Sixou
Sound recording : Magic Brush Studio, Port Harcourt

About the Film:
We want to paint an immersive and sensory picture of every day life in Ogoniland and convey, as closely as possible, the thick and heavy atmosphere which reigns over the Niger Delta. As outsiders arriving last September, the weight of getting through daily tasks in a toxic environment was immediately apparent. This burden must be expressed through the voices and actions of the people who live there; it is their story. How can you appreciate someone’s difficulties, their exasperation, if you’re unable to identify with them as fellow men and women?

Current Status: We have completed our first shoot in Nigeria and are currently looking for funds to continue.

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