Monday, June 1, 2009
What if the world paid attention before it was too late?
The time is now. The final cut of Sweet Crude is premiering at SIFF this Wednesday at 7 PM at the Egyptian Theatre, and it could not be more timely. Since May 15th, the Niger Delta has been under attack by the Nigerian Military Task Force. Government led violence is being blamed for the deaths of between 500 and 1,000 civilians, and the displacement of some 30,000 refugees. The people of the Delta are more desperate now than ever, without access to food or water. Oporoza, the village featured in the film, has been burned to the ground.
All of this is for oil. It is not just an environmental issue. Oil is a human rights issue, and it affects us all. For the past four decades, the Delta has been the source of billions of dollars in oil revenues for the Nigerian Government and for multinational oil companies. The people who make their homes in the Delta, who fish the waters run slick with oil, whose crops are watered by the acid rains, whose homes are shadowed by the black smoke clouds of gas flares, have yet to see a penny of the massive wealth that flows beneath their feet.
Sweet Crude is their story. Make sure it is heard.
Come to the screening this Wednesday. If you can't make it Wednesday, come on Saturday the 13th, and join us for the Q & A afterwards. Details to come.
Sweet Crude SIFF Premiere
WEDNESDAY 6/3 @ 7:00 PM
Sweet Crude Kirkland Screening
SUNDAY 6/7 @ 1:30 PM
Kirkand Performing Arts Center
Sweet Crude Final Screening
SATURDAY 6/13 @ 1:30 PM
Click HERE for tickets!
More info on how to get involved at www.sweetcrudemovie.com.
Photos by Kendra Thornbury.
Posted by Cupcake Royale at 1:08 PM