Sweet Crude is the story of Nigeriaâ€™s Niger Delta â€“ the human and environmental consequences of 50 years of oil extraction and the members of a new insurgency who, in the three years after the filmmakers met them as college students, became the young men of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). Set against a stunning backdrop of Niger Delta footage, the film shows the humanity behind the statistics and sensationalized media portrayal of the region, gives voice to a complex mix of stakeholders and invites the audience to learn the deeper story.
Beginning with the filmmakerâ€™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. Itâ€™s about survival, corruption, greed and armed resistance. Itâ€™s about one place in one moment, with themes that echo many places throughout history.
The issues are local and human, yet they have far-reaching political, environmental and economic implications. Itâ€™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 whatâ€™s really happening.