ESSENCE OF BENIN

"Essence du Bénin" (Essence of Benin) investigates a vast network of illegal trafficking of gasoline from Nigeria to Benin, a country where the demand for petrol exceeds its resources. In a few decades the sale of petrol has become a major economic activity. Politicians surrender to traffickers, and with police being paid off to turn a blind eye, they are free to rule over the country’s economy.
Amongst the traffickers are women, disabled people, students and even children - all have to fight to support their families. They’re exposed to danger on a daily basis; explosions induced by small accidents are frequent, and have caused hundreds of deaths in recent years. The illegal network has planted its roots in all areas of Beninese society, becoming an uncontrollable force. Is there any possible solution to this ever-growing problem?

  • OAK stories
    Director
  • Javier Corso
    Coordinator
  • Javier Corso
    Producer
  • Neus Marmol
    Producer
  • Neus Marmol
    Writer
  • Lautaro Bolaño
    Writer
  • Lautaro Bolaño
    Camera
  • Lautaro Bolaño
    Film Editor
  • -
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    ESSENCE DU BÉNIN
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Spain
  • Country of Filming:
    Benin
  • Language:
    English, French
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No

  • Spain
Distribution Information
  • OAK stories
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
  • JAVA films
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Free TV, Paid TV
Director Biography - OAK stories

OAK stories is an agency composed by journalists and storytellers, specialized in the development of documentary projects carried out by multidisciplinary teams.
At OAK we add a human touch to the needed resources in order to execute each project with the utmost informative rigor and the highest audiovisual quality.

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Our work originates from the need to communicate about aspects of the human condition through means of local, smaller-scale stories. OAK structure is based on multidisciplinary teamwork. Each project has specific needs. The agency seeks to employ the right professionals for each subject, either of the existing team or by finding suitable collaborators