PBS Premiere: August 25, 2014
Online: Aug. 26, 2014 – Sept. 24, 2014
Over five years, director Rachel Boynton and her cinematographer film the quest for oil in Ghana by Dallas-based Kosmos. The company develops the country’s first commercial oil field, yet its success is quickly compromised by political intrigue and accusations of corruption. As Ghanaians wait to reap the benefits of oil, the filmmakers discover violent resistance down the coast in the Niger Delta, where poor Nigerians have yet to prosper from decades-old oil fields. Big Men, executive produced by Brad Pitt, provides an unprecedented inside look at the global deal making and dark underside of energy development — a contest for money and power that is reshaping the world. Official Selection of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
Big Men (90 min.)
Astonishing. . . . Dropping us into a perfect storm of avarice, this cool and incisive snapshot of global capitalism at work is as remarkable for its access as for its refusal to judge”
— Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
Rachel Boynton's knack for access, on impressive display in this new film about the West African oil trade, should make her the envy of every documentarian. The filmmaker fills the screen with vivid personalities and high-stakes intrigue, equally at home with armed rebels as with Texas millionaires.
— Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal