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poison fire: foei documentary on gas flaring in nigeria

Poison Fire, a documentary exposing oil and gas abuses in Nigeria and featuring Friends of the Earth Nigeria volunteers, had its world premiere at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) from November 20-30th 2008.
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A short version of the documentary was also aired on MTV and at the March 2008 Amnesty “Movies that Matter” film festival in Amsterdam.


The documentary exposes gas flaring as a human rights, environmental and economic monstrosity. The film director followed a team of local Nigerian activists to impoverished communities, creeks full of crude oil, devastated mangrove forests, wellheads leaking gas, and to oil giant Shell's annual general meeting in the Netherlands.


The involvement of volunteers, who made video testimonies with affected people in the Niger Delta, ensured local participation in the documentary.


Poison Fire continues to be screened locally.


Watch the film online at:




For more information on IDFA, the world's “largest documentary film festival”, visit


with thanks to our funders: the dutch ministry of foreign affairs (dgis) and the oak foundation.


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