The film’s dynamic reporting style based on conversations with numerous experts, activists and witnesses creates a wide panorama of interconnected issues. However, it leaves little space for a direct, in-depth observation of reality. The definite and assertive voices attempting to build Nigerian public awareness, solidify efforts at spreading environmental responsibility, proving the film’s close affinity with crusade journalism. But, it might simultaneously alienate Western audiences for whom an open-ended, unmediated investigation of specific facts would be far more enriching. Nevertheless, the film provides a rare opportunity to see the Nigerian first-hand critical account of the most important environmental questions of the day and the people who play lead roles in solving the problems facing the country. Providing Nigeria’s importance on the African continent, and its growing significance for determining environmental policies internationally, Nowhere to Run seems a useful introduction to a plethora of environmental questions tormenting this part of the world.

The firm, ordered structure of the film is punctuated with inscriptions on screen and throughout features a map of particular Nigerian regions each plagued by a different, pressing problem. Starting with a reminder that the environment is first and foremost “a loan from our children,” it addresses problems including the desertification of lands, deforestation, recurring floods and draughts and massive oil spills. The film shows how particular phenomena give rise to distinct social issues, often radiating far beyond their immediate surroundings. The ongoing deforestation and desertification of the North induces a migration of communities in search of new land. Consequently, this brings about the rising levels of violent conflicts and clashes over strained natural resources between the new and old inhabitants of the southern areas.

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