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A remarkable documentary... Gripping... Intrinsically cinematic...The most urgent film I've seen at Sundance this year. --Scott Foundas, LA Weekly
A fascinating and important story. Crude does an extraordinary job of merging journalism and art. --Christiane Amanpour, CNN Chief International Correspondent
Interview with Berlinger and Trudie Styler
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CRUDE places you in a ringside seat as the Ecuadorians and he make their case. Chevron officials and lawyers deny either causing the damage or its existence, reminding you of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN's Marty Feldman asking Gene Wilder, "What hump?"
It feels helpless watching Ecuadorian children die of cancer, but as CRUDE documents, grassroots organizing grows out of disease-causing hydrocarbons in the country's soil and water. The film ends with the litigation against Chevron far from over, but attracting the support of everyone from Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to rainforest advocates Sting and Trudie Styler, the plaintiffs may have more than just faith and hope on their side. If nothing else, it beats going down without a fight.
The Ecuadorian people tell their own story in their own words from their homes and their forest. At first glimpse, you might think that these people are poor but before Texaco contaminated their world, they had everything they needed to live a simple life abundant with gifts from nature.
Texaco was fined $27 Billion for destroying this Ecuadorian Rain Forest but they have said they will never pay it.
The scientific expert working on this case says that this could never happen in the United States but he is dead wrong. As Elizabeth Burns said, it has happened and it continues to happen every day.
I live on top of the Barnett Shale in Wise County in North Texas. I have a blog, Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS, where I document industry abuses such as burying the waste pits or simply abandoning them. Like Elizabeth Burns, I have dozens of videos and hundreds of pictures. Come see for yourself.
Having watched it a few times, I now understand. And so will you, if you should decide to do the same and purchase this excellent documentary.
Hats off to director Joe Berlinger and crew for following this case over a few years and putting together a testament to the truth that any oil company would be afraid to let see the light of day. "Crude" deserves all the awards and recognition that it has been getting, and more.
The story centers around the Texaco oil corporation and its drilling for oil in the pristine jungles of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador from the 1960s to the 1990s. Many of the native Ecuadoran people living there at the time Texaco first arrived had never seen a helicopter before, let alone known about the rich deposits of oil deep beneath their soil, but they learned quickly when they started seeing oil spills on their clear, clean rivers caused by the American oil company's drilling.
By the time Texaco was basically kicked out of Ecuador in the 1990s, the corporation had left behind in the Ecudoran forests hundreds of toxic waste pits, many of which were designed to drain polluted water into nearby rivers and streams.Read more ›
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I watched this again after my recent visit to Ecuador and the Napo River. After seeing the oil flares and the drilling related worker activity I had to remind myself how all this... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Jac Cummings
This movie helped to open my eyes to the inhumane acts carried out throughout the world by the oil/petroleum industry. It was well done, and would like to see a follow-up. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stalin Soto
I was hoping I could rent this on Amazon to watch it because I just got finished reading the ebook on Amazon by Lawyer Michael Goldhaber. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Demosthenes
A very crude story of world-wide GREED!!! In your face facts!!!! A must own!!!Published 19 months ago by CHUI
I had no idea of the decimation that had taken place along the Amazon and the health impacts resulting. Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by Sharyn Fernandez
I have been following this lawsuit against Chevron for several years. They won't clean up their pipeline spills. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Zarathustra
Ecuadorian Judge Admits Role in Fraudulent Judgment
Now it comes out that they guys faked the whole thing to get big dollars our of big oil. Read more
Realistic..... good presentation of big oil's disinterest in the local people's need to maintain their health and livelihood "after" Big Brother has stripped their lands... Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Fern
On the political spectrum, I consider myself a slightly conservative moderate. Most documentaries produced I find so one sided and slanted that they annoy me. Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by Jane