Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Crude (2009)

Joe Berlinger


CRUDE, a documentary, travels to South America, where it investigates the mammoth “Amazon Chernobyl” gas/oil fire case caused by Texaco (now Chevron) from a variety of angles, refusing to take the side of any single person or side. This film details the $27 billion case against Chevron. CRUDE takes a look at one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. This documentary reveals the real-life, high-stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking as it examines a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.


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