A film by Joe Berlinger
104 minutes, color, 2009
Three years in the making, Crude tells the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet: the infamous $27 billion “Amazon Chernobyl” lawsuit pitting 30,000 rainforest dwellers in Ecuador against the U.S. oil giant Chevron.
Winner of 19 international awards, Crude takes you inside a riveting, high stakes drama steeped in global politics, the environmental movement, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures.
From filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster).
Named One of the Top Five Documentaries of 2009 by the National Board of Review
"Critic's Pick! A legal thriller with rare depth and power." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"A powerhouse! This one means to shake you. And in Berlinger’s hands, it does."
"Cinematic . . . Superb!" - Scott Foundas, LA Weekly
"A gripping account of corporate malfeasance." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out London
"Suspenseful . . . impassioned … intelligently and artfully made." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
" Ferociously exposes corporate inhumanity." -Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A fascinating case study of real world political action." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"One of my favorite films of the year." - Manhola Dargis, The New York Times
"An amazing, beautifully shot film. It captures the magic of the Amazon and also the beauty of the Ecuadorian people." - Howard Zinn, Author of A People's History of the United States
"A piece of magic ... absolutely the most powerful, emotion-provoking, heart-wrenching, best documentary I have ever seen." - John Perkins, Author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
"Gripping! Berlinger is a master of true-crime vérité." - Village Voice
Crude Reflections: Oil, Ruin and Resistance in the Amazon Rainforest by Lou Dematteis and Kayana Szymczak
Green Gold: The Amazon Fight to Keep Oil Underground by Mauro Burzio
See details about this film's theatrical run
Interview: Joe Berlinger and the Moral Imperative of 'Crude', The Huffington Post, 9/3/09
Is Chevron Scared Of "Crude" The Movie?, Reuters, 9/9/09
Who will pay for Amazon's 'Chernobyl'?, The Independent, 1/10/10
Oscar Winners Back Filmmaker in Dispute With Chevron, The New York Times, 3/12/10
• Interview with Joe Berlinger & Trudie Styler