The Niger Delta stands as a stark example of environmental devastation, bearing the scars of fifty years of relentless oil exploitation. With over one and a half million tons of crude oil spilled into its creeks, farms, and forests – a quantity equivalent to 50 Exxon Valdez disasters, occurring at a staggering rate of one per year.

Compounding this tragedy is the rampant practice of burning off natural gas in gas flares, an ongoing process that has persisted for decades. These flares, ablaze day and night, emit toxic and carcinogenic substances, exacerbating an already dire situation in densely populated areas. The environmental toll is immense, with the flaring alone producing greenhouse gases equivalent to 18 million cars.

Amidst this crisis, corruption runs rampant, and security concerns loom large. People in the region are suffering, facing health risks and economic devastation, yet the oil extraction continues unabated.

In “Poison Fire,” we follow a group of local activists as they document the impact of oil spills and gas flaring on their communities. Through their lens, we witness the desolation of once-vibrant creeks, the destruction of mangrove forests, and the ongoing leaks from wellheads, poisoning the land and water.

The documentary also introduces us to individuals like Jonah Gbemre, who bravely took Shell to court over gas flaring in his village and achieved an unexpected legal victory.

In a compelling narrative arc, Ifie Lott travels to the Netherlands to confront Shell at its Annual General Meeting, posing a simple yet profound question: Will Shell heed the court order to cease flaring?

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