A film by Joe Berlinger
104 minutes, color, 2009
In English, Spanish, A’ingae & Secoya w/English subtitles
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