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Big Men

by Rachel Boynton
Big Men

National PBS Premiere on POV
Monday, August 25th at 10 PM

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Over five years, director Rachel Boynton and her cinematographer film 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, the filmmakers discover violent resistance down the coast in the Niger Delta, where poor Nigerians have yet to prosper from decades-old oil fields. Big Men, executive produced by Brad Pitt, 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. Official Selection of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.


Big Men

Free Resources

Check out the Big Men Partner Toolkit for everything you need to get involved and spread the word about the film. You can also download the free discussion guide, standards-aligned lesson plan and reading list (coming soon!).


Watch Big Men Online

Miss the PBS broadcast of Big Men? You're in luck! You can watch the film online for free from Aug. 26, 2014 – Sept. 24, 2014. on (and catch our other great streaming features)!


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Live Video Chat and Panel Discussion

Join POV for a Google+ video chat with Big Men filmmaker Rachel Boynton, on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 1-2 PM ET (10-11 AM PT). She'll be joined by subject Jim Musselman, former chief executive of Kosmos, and Ian Gary, Senior Policy Manager of Extractive Industries at Oxfam America. Join the chat on Google+:


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Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Wyncote Foundation, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, The Educational Foundation of America and public television viewers. Special support provided by The Fledgling Fund. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.

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