Crude (2009)

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The story of lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon.

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  • Joe Berlinger and Sting attend the CRUDE premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
  • Joe Berlinger accepts the Cinema for Peace prize from Mikhail Gorbachev and Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Joe Berlinger speaks at the Cinema for Peace New York 2012 in New York City.
  • Joe Berlinger in Crude (2009)
  • Crude (2009)
  • Dave Navarro (left) Joe Berlinger (center) and Rosanna Arquette attend the Los Angeles premiere of CRUDE.

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Joe Berlinger

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27 November 2009 | druid333-2
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| Another Documentary To Get Your Dander Up, Over
In the past 15 (or so)years,Joe Berlinger has certainly crafted his share of eye opening,edgy documentaries. From 'Brothers Keeper',to 'Paradise Lost',and 'Metallica:Some Kind Of Monster'(all co-directed with Bruce Sinofsky),and now,'Crude'. The film concerns a village in Amazonian South America (located in Ecuador)that attempts to take the oil giant,Chevron to court to sue for environmental damage & the mass destruction it has done to both the infrastructure,as well as the cancer that has resulted in Chevron's dumping of toxic oil spills in the water supply for the people who live in the various villages there. We get to view the talking heads on both sides of the argument (the villagers,the environmental advocates,as well as the oil companies and their scuzzy,bottom feeding, corporate ambulance chasers that back them up). Along the way,we are also treated to some vintage clips from Chevron's promotional films,which were generally screened to their stock holders at various meetings over the years,with countless misleading messages. As with other documentaries directed by Berlinger,some unpleasant video footage of the horrors of environmental rape brought on by careless dumping of toxic materials are to be expected (this is NOT a film for munching popcorn by,so be prepared). Spoken in Spanish with English subtitles,as well as English. Not rated by the MPAA,but contains some upsetting footage of the devastation of environmental damage & the horrors that result. Not a good choice for small children.

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