AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


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8/12/09

"Sweet Crude" at DocuWeeks


Sweet Crude
2009
USA
Director: Sandy Cioffi
Featured IDA DocuWeeks selection

Review by Nancy Keefe Rhodes

To say Sweet Crude is “about the oil industry in the Niger Delta” leaves out a lot. It is certainly about the half-century-plus history of US oil companies in the Niger Delta – where we get 10% of our oil now and will get 25% in less than another decade – and it is certainly about a long tradition of local resistance to that presence on environmental grounds – by the well-known executed Ken Saro-Wiwa but also by the region’s women. And it’s also about how a filmmaker considers and reconsiders her role as filmmaker versus advocate, how a film can shift and change over several years’ time....

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Nancy Keefe Rhodes covers film, photo and visual arts. She lives in upstate New York and is a member of the Women Film Critics Circle, a sister organization of the WBAI Women's Collective.

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