Three years in the making, this cinéma-vérité feature from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion "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, 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.
A forceful, often infuriating story about Big Oil and little people. --Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
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