PANTHERAS

(in development)
Production: Lamaland, Primeira Idade
Development support: Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual (ICA)
Additional support: MacDowell Colony, Camargo Foundation, Bogliasco Foundation, Film Study Center-Harvard University


    Anthropocene. From above, the abstract monumentality of the Niger Delta, redefined by human ambition and reproduced into environmental catastrophe.

    Existential fable. Another no-man's-land, where the blackness or the psychopathology of (Frantz) Fanon's colonization seems now like an empty sound, and scholar debates, that writhe around neocolonialism, echo distant and misfit.

    In the dark, Pantheras follows, for one night, a group of women activists who have been condemned to collaborate with oil smuggling, but who criticize the men who view the activity as a social justice action and who are enrolled in an immeasurable corruption system that runs through the Nigerian society, with the connivance and interest of oil companies and international governments. These women are the true unsung heroes of the region.

    In the war for oil, we find the resentment of a region forgotten and cursed by its resources, trapped between a government whose priority is the development of the North and not of the South of Nigeria, and a local liberation movement that has long sold its ideals to petrodollars. – Phenomenon rooted in decades and generations, condemned to perpetuate itself, and which the world prefers to ignore.

    The force of non-violence. Acknowledging social and ecological interdependence in an apocalyptic crisis. The response to Coronavirus is an opportunity for reform with the end of the fossil fuel age in the horizon. Civil society leaders call for economic, social, and political change.