Acclaimed Nigerian director Jeta Amata brings his documentary film depicting the conditions in the Niger Delta and showing seven diverse Americans as they travel to the to witness firsthand the environmental devastation and social unrest caused by catastrophic oil spills. Amata, participants in the film and Professor Jude Akudinobi, UCSB, will be present for a panel discussion and Q&A.
6:00 pm -- Reception
7:00 pm -- Screening
Nigeria is one of the world’s largest oil exporters, with over 40% of the country’s total exports going to the US. Nearly all of Nigeria’s primary reserves are concentrated in and around the delta of the Niger River. Up to 1.5 million tons of oil, 50 times the pollution unleashed in the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker disaster in Alaska, have been spilled in the Niger Delta over the past 50 years. As a result, drinking water wells are contaminated with benzene, a known and deadly carcinogen, at levels greater than 900 times above the World Health Organization guidelines.
Fisheries and fishing stock have been destroyed, entire ecosystems decimated, gas flares from oil wells cause acid rain and air pollution, and millions of people have been displaced. Nigerians are now in a state of desperation and there has been a recent dramatic escalation in violence.
Into the Niger Delta documents the experiences of seven diverse Americans as they travel to the Niger Delta region of Nigeria to witness firsthand the environmental devastation and social unrest caused by catastrophic oil spills.
*Part of the International Human Rights Film Series
Date: Monday, October 15, 2012
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1310
Cost: Cost: Free and open to the public; pay-by-space and all-day parking ($11) available in lot 3.
UCLA African Studies Center Tel: 310-825-3686
Sponsor(s): African Studies Center