Director: Joe Berlinger

105 minutes| U.S.A.| 2009| Digibeta

IFI Stranger Than Fiction – our monthly documentary presentation

This acclaimed feature from filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial lawsuits on the planet. The inside story of the infamous ‘Amazon Chernobyl’ case, Crude is a real-life high-stakes legal drama, set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. The landmark case takes place in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador, pitting colonial rainforest dwellers against the U.S. oil giant Chevron. The plaintiffs claim that the company spent three decades systematically contaminating one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth. Crude is an incredibly powerful and affecting examination of the human cost of our addiction to oil and the increasingly difficult task of holding a major corporation accountable for its past deeds.

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