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A film by Joe Berlinger

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

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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."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"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

Recommended Reading

Crude Reflections: Oil, Ruin and Resistance in the Amazon Rainforest by Lou Dematteis and Kayana Szymczak

Crude Chronicles: Indigenous Politics, Multinational Oil, and Neoliberalism in Ecuador by Suzana Sawyer

Green Gold: The Amazon Fight to Keep Oil Underground by Mauro Burzio


See details about this film's theatrical run


Get Involved / Supporting Organizations

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

FRF President Seymour Wishman responds to ruling on Chevron's subpoena of Crude footage.

CRUDE Fight for the First Amendment Kickstarter page.

Disc Features

• Interview with Joe Berlinger & Trudie Styler
• Festival and Premiere Coverage
• Deleted Scenes
• Photo Gallery
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• Resource Guide
• Optional Spanish Subtitles
• Optional 5.1 Surround Sound

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