Black November

Black November

DVD - 2015
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A ravaged community revolts against a corrupt government in order to stop their land from being destroyed by excessive oil drilling and spills.
Publisher: Fort Mill, SC : Phase 4 Films, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD BLACK
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
laser optical,NTSC
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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jimg2000
Jul 04, 2016

Well done political drama on the Nigerian activists, the Ogoni 9, who were executed by hanging in "November" of 1995 for crimes against the state i.e. protests against the Nigerian government and Western oil companies to clean up environmental devastating spills in the Niger Delta. This film is primarily for information seekers and not entertainment. The actors were trying to tell a story that few bothered to care. Numerous news articles have been written on the Niger Delta -- see links to BBC and NYT in Summary -- worth a quick read along with the bonus documentary, "Into the Niger Delta."

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hammer59
Mar 23, 2016

Indie fim exploring topics that the Hollywood gristmill wouldn't touch with a 20 ft. pole.

Classic battle between indigenous peoples vs the masters of capitalism/greed. The natives are not portrayed as saints, but you can draw your own conclusions as to what drives oppressed people to desperation. Eye opening, indeed. Our Western culture would prefer that you remain oblivious to the human cost re: cheap oil---and continue to drive SUVs and endure long commutes in spite of climate change and unsustainable lifestyles.

Watch this for the sake of the generations that will follow---and truly suffer the results of our wasteful ways.

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esetia1
Apr 10, 2015

It is eye opening to understand what's going on across the ocean.

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jimg2000
Jul 04, 2016

The NYT's article "Far From Gulf, a Spill Scourge 5 Decades Old:" http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/17/world/africa/17nigeria.html?_r=0

Also BBC's "Nigeria: 'World oil pollution capital' By Caroline Duffield BBC News, Niger Delta, 15 June 2010" report:

http://www.bbc.com/news/10313107

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jimg2000
Jul 04, 2016

The Niger Delta has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years.
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90% of Nigeria's oil revenue goes to only one percent of the population while 90% of the population lives on less than $2 per day.
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The life expectancy from birth for Nigerians was only 51 years. (According to the latest WHO data published in 2013 life expectancy in Nigeria is: Male 53.7, female 55.4 and total life expectancy is 54.5)
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decades-old pipelines, rusting oil taps, corroding manifolds .. pipelines that have not been replaced or updated despite continuous use for almost half a century have been negligently maintained.

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