My Letter to the Oilmen

(Mijn brief aan de oliemannen)

Papilou often visits his father, who lives near a dangerous oil spill leaking from the Shell refinery. The accident has already killed his six-year-old brother, and Papilou therefore boldly decides to write a letter to the oilmen.

A 14-year-old boy ekes out a living with his mother and six siblings in the slums of the Nigerian city of Yenagoa. His entire life has been affected by the nearby refinery, which is responsible for the heavily polluted environment. Oil is in the soil and in the water, simply everywhere. The oil catastrophe claimed the life of Papilou's little brother and is responsible for the break-up of his parents' marriage. When he plays football with his friends, he must often retrieve the ball from a pool of hot oil. He decides to write a letter to the oil giant Shell asking for help.

Czech premiere

About the film

Director: Xander de Boer
Niger
2018 | 15 min.

Language: English, Nigerian

Subtitles: Dutch, English

Category

Docs For Kids

Director

Xander de Boer

Filmography
2018 - My letter to the Oilmen
2016 - Kampioenen van Amsterdam
2016 - The King of Twirl

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