Wide Angle: Once Upon a Coup | 2008
In 2004, a group of mercenaries, including a British ex-special forces officer named Simon Mann, is arrested in Zimbabwe. Equatorial Guinea's president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, accuses them of plotting a coup against him. When Mann is sentenced to 34 years in Equatorial Guinea's notorious Black Beach prison, he claims to be only one piece of an international plot to control the country's vast oil resources. At the same time, the Chinese government has showered the country with glittering new buildings and a new administrative capital. This film sheds light on the uncomfortable realities of oil politics in the 21st century.