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Burning from the Inside

Synopsis

This feature documentary is an interview with several members of a Nigerian tribe called Ijaw, of which several million are living in the oil-rich region of the Niger Delta.

Nigeria is the world's sixth largest exporter of crude oil, holds the fourth largest reserve of oil and gas and is an important supplier of oil to the US. Since the British left Nigeria in the 1960s the country has been in a state of semi-civil war, wracked by religious conflicts, and its natural resources looted by western companies, as a result of which millions of people have died.

The people interviewed in this film have all suffered horrendous violence in their struggle for independence. Some have been on death row, some raped, some kidnapped and even tortured. Off camera they are quite willing to talk but on camera they were too scared because of possible repercussions. Their story still transpires throughout these portraits.
The project started in January 2000 and by September 2004, during which time the media had changed their general mood be describing the situation of 'gangs, local tribes and the oil companies in conflict' as 'armed militants and guerrillas against the government in a war zone'.

Details

Year
2007
Type of film
Features
Running Time
100 mins
Format
35mm
Director
Nick Peterson
Producer
Christine Peterson, Laurent Mercier
Co-Producer
Christine Peterson, Laurent Mercier
Editor
Thomas Black, Nick Peterson
Screenwriter
Nick Peterson
Director of Photography
Nick Peterson
Sound
Mike Militello
Music
Virtual Alien
Principal Cast
Over 20 members of the Ijaw tribe of Nigeria, Ibiba Don Pedro, Oronto Douglas, Rowland Ekperi
Narrator
Mark Joseph

Production Company

Mnemonics Pictures (US)
EdgeImageBank Pictures (UK)
Norwood Pictures (UK)
Global Films (UK)

edge@mnemonics.co.uk
http://www.edgeimagebank.com

Sales
Company

GEM Entertainment, New York