P.O.V.: Big Men

About This Episode


Filmed over five years, Big Men chronicles the quest for oil in Ghana by Dallas-based Kosmos. The company develops the country’s first commercial oil field, yet its success is quickly compromised by political intrigue and accusations of corruption. As Ghanaians wait to reap the benefits of oil, filmmaker Rachel Boynton and Jonathan Furmanski discover violent resistance down the coast in the Niger Delta, where poor Nigerians have yet to prosper from decades-old oil fields.

Boynton talks not only to the executives of Kosmos Energy, the small Dallas startup that developed Ghana's first commercial oil field, but also to the Deadly Underdogs, a Nigerian militant group looking to profit from the oil in any way possible — whether legal or not. In addition, she interviews everybody in-between — venture capitalists, government ministers, local businessmen, environmental and human rights activists and the men and women on the village street. The result is an inside account of today's oil business, complete with political intrigue, corruption and a fascinating cavalcade of players.

Big Men provides an unprecedented inside look at the global deal making and dark underside of energy development — a contest for money and power that is reshaping the world. Watch your back: it’s every company, government and man for himself and everyone wants to be BIG.