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ESSENCE DU BÉNIN

In Benin, there is an active network of illegal trafficking of petrol from Nigeria since 1970. Benin does not have enough gas stations to supply the population and the existing ones cannot compete with the lower prices set by the illegal trafficking of petrol by smugglers. In only a few decades the sale of gasoline has become the first –under the table– economic activity and major traffickers are now in charge of many aspects of society. Politicians have surrendered to their feet and the police turns a blind eye in exchange for a few CFA, the Beninese currency.

Women, disabled people, university students and even children depend on this activity, as it is one of the few alternatives of work to pull up their families. All of them are exposed equally to the dangers of explosions caused by small accidents of the transporters with heavy-loaded motorcycles, which has already resulted in hundreds of deaths in recent years. Equally dangerous but less obvious are the gasoline gasses that cause serious health risks. The tentacles of the illegal network are embedded in every corner of the Beninese society which by itself cannot cope with a problem that is extended beyond its borders. The only possible solution is that all actors involved play their part, but so far there is no solution in sight, or at least not in the short term.

Essence du Bénin - TEASER (ENG)

Runtime:  1’58'' 
Film language:  French  
Subtitles: English
Country of filming: Benin - Nigeria
Film color: Black & White

Essence du Bénin - TEASER (ESP)

Runtime: 1’58''
Film language: French
Subtitles: Spanish
Country of filming: Benin - Nigeria
Film color: Black & White

Benin’s Petrol Smugglers - Feature Story

Runtime: 6'42''
Film language: French
Subtitles: English
Country of filming: Benin - Nigeria
Film color: Black & White

Los peones del tráfico ilegal - Revista 5W

Runtime: 3'50’'
Film language: French
Subtitles: Spanish
Country of filming: Benin - Nigeria
Film color: Black & White

Essence du Bénin -  30 minuts / TV3 

Runtime: 30'00’'
Film language: French
Subtitles: English
Country of filming: Benin - Nigeria
Film color: Black & White
Co-produced: OAK stories & 30 minute / TV3 
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BENIN TEAM

This documentary project was developed with the effort of a multidisciplinary team composed by

Javier Corso

Coordinator / Photographer

Neus Marmol

Producer / Journalist

Lautaro Bolaño

Camera / Film Editor