Rachel Boynton, Producer and Director, Big Men
George Y. Owusu, CEO, Mansa Capital, LLC
Todd Moss, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Big Men takes is a fast-paced tour through the high-powered world of African oil deals, eavesdropping on billion-dollar meetings, and watching as heavily armed militants preparing to strike. It’s a quest for money, 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 liquid gold in one of the poorest places on earth?