Big Men

Big Men

  • USA, UK, Denmark
  • 100
  • PG
  • Rachel Boynton
  • Rachel Boynton (Producer)
  • Jonathan Furmanski (Cinematographer)
  • Seth Bomse (Editor)
  • Rachel Boynton (Writer)
  • Nathan Larson (Music)
  • Rachel Boynton (Sound)

In 2007, a massive oil field is discovered beneath the ocean in Ghana’s waters. The first commercial find in the country’s history, it carries unprecedented potential risk and incalculable reward. Well, nearly incalculable. Enter Jim Musselman, CEO of the Dallas oil startup Kosmos, who together with some of the world’s largest private equity investors, is ready to stake massive dollars on a possible $2.2 billion payoff. When neighbouring Nigerian militants blow up the country’s pipelines, demanding cash for the people and sending the price of crude soaring, Musselman must somehow assure Ghanaian government officials from the king on down, and his own board members, that his deal will benefit the nation and all involved. Armed with shocking access to the key players, unflinching filmmaker Rachel Boynton keeps asking the uncomfortable questions—who benefits and who doesn’t. Political and corporate gymnastics, corruption and criminal investigation enliven this backroom black gold exposé. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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