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The University of Southampton
Centre for Imperial and Post Colonial Studies

Film Screening: BIG MEN Event

Big Men
4 February 2019
Lecture Theatre A Avenue Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Priti Mishra at .

Event details

Sponsored by Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies. All welcome

With a brief introduction and post-film Q&A led by Dr.Jonathan Conlin (Drinks will be provided)

A good movie gives you a ticket to a secret world and Big Men delivers, taking you into rooms you have no business entering. You’ll eavesdrop on meetings about oil deals worth billions of dollars and watch heavily armed militants preparing to strike. It’s a fast-paced tour through the high-powered world of African oil deals – a quest for money and power and influence that affects us all.

The film’s central story follows a small group of American explorers at Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy. Between 2007 and 2011, with unprecedented, independent access, Big Men’s two-person crew filmed inside the oil company as Kosmos and its partners discovered and developed the first commercial oil field in Ghana’s history.

Simultaneously the crew filmed in the swamps of Nigeria’s Niger Delta, following the exploits of a militant gang to reveal another side of the economy of oil: people trying to profit in any way possible, because they’ve given up on waiting for the money to trickle down.

So what happens when a group of hungry people discover a massive and exquisitely rare pot of gold in one of the poorest places on earth? Watch your back: it’s every company, government and man for himself and everyone wants to be BIG.

Speaker information

Dr Jonathan Conlin,Senior Lecturer

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