Angola : curse of oil

Publication Details Click to collapse Cite/Export


  • Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.


  • Poverty in Africa reminds us that abundant natural resources don't automatically translate into widespread economic wealth. This program brings home the disturbing reality of daily life in Angola-marked by ramshackle houses, open sewers, and a question that grows louder every day: who benefits from the country's vast oil resources? Outlining the nation's colonial and Cold War traumas, the film examines the civil war between MPLA and UNITA forces and the present-day mismanagement of oil revenues stemming from that conflict. Related topics include China's growing role in the country, the tragedy of child hunger and malnutrition, and Angola's widespread problem of land mine injuries.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 09, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • Portions are in other languages with English subtitles.


  • Angola: Impoverished People/Rich Oil Resources (2:14) -- Angolan Civil War (3:51) -- Angola's Elite: Sole Beneficiaries of Angola's Wealth (3:18) -- Oil Companies and Angola's Government: Distribution of Wealth (3:10) -- Inequalities in Angolan Society (2:27) -- Angola Government and Collaboration with China (2:54) -- Angola: Nation of Beggars (4:00) -- Angola: Wealth and Poverty (2:00)
Checking the Web...