Still from Sweet Crude
Still from Sweet Crude
 

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Sweet Crude

by Sandy Cioffi
A story about survival, corruption, greed and resistance in Nigeria's Niger Delta.
2009  ·  1h33m  ·  United States
English
About the Film

The issues are local and human, yet they have far-reaching political, environmental and economic implications. It’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 what’s really happening.

Why do we care enough to make this movie? Because raising awareness just might be the tipping point it takes to head off civil war. Because the kids of the Delta deserve a future. Because what happens in Nigeria ripples through African political stability and global economic markets. Because Nigeria produces more than 10 percent of the U.S. oil supply. Ultimately, the events unfolding in the Niger Delta affect us all.

It will take a vigilant world community to advocate for nonviolent political solutions. With this independent documentary, we take a stand for a more truthful conversation, with the hope that a more educated public will hold governments and big oil accountable to peaceful and just resolution.

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Festivals and Awards
2011
Cinema Politica Audience Choice Award, Winner
2010
Everett Women's Film Festival, Winner, Best of Fest
2010
Ashland Independent Film Festival, Finalist Jury Award Best Documentary
2009
Seattle International Film Festival, Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision
2009
DMZ Docs: Korean International Documentary Film Festival, Special Jury Prize
2009
Bahamas International Film Festival, Best Documentary
2009
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, Best Feature
2009
Strasbourg International Film Festival, Best Documentary
2009
Tallgrass Film Festival, Audience Choice Feature Film
2009
Ellensburg Film Festival, Best Documentary
2009
Red Rock Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize Best Documentary Feature Director
Editor
Jill Friedberg
Cinematographer
Sean Porter
Producer
Kate Wolf, Sandy Cioffi, Leslye Wood and Tammi Sims
Writer
Leslye Wood, Jill Friedberg and Sandy Cioffi
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About the Director

Sandy Cioffi

Sandy Cioffi is a Seattle based film and video artist who has produced and/or directed several films including the critically acclaimed Crocodile Tears, Terminal 187, and Just Us. She has worked with human rights organizations in using video as a documentation and verification tool – specifically providing video evidence during the 1998 Marching Season in Northern Ireland. She documented the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride in 2003. She has worked with young people extensively as an artist in residence and through the mentor/apprentice film program at the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center. Sandy has created media design for live performance at the Annex Theater, Hugo House, The Seattle Repertory Theater and On the Boards. She is currently directing a documentary about the Niger Delta titled Sweet Crude, due to be completed in the fall of 2006. She is also a tenured professor at Seattle Central Community College in the Film and Video Communications Department.

 
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