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Crude: The Real Price of Oil. Film and discussion

Date:
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Time:
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Event Type:
Screening
Organizer/Author:
Jane Bark
Location Details:
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd at Paseo Padre
510-745-1400

What could be more timely than a film that examines the environmental and human cost of oil extraction? Or, even more so, the very film whose outtakes Chevron's lawyers are trying to commandeer so they can fight suits by native peoples living in the rainforest?

Over three years ago this feature from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger began telling one of the most extraordinary environmental disasters of our time, described as “the Amazon Chernobyl.” Over the course of three decades of drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon, US oil giant Chevron deliberately dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater in the rain forest, leaving local native peoples suffering from an epidemic of cancers, miscarriages, and birth defects.

Recently re-edited to keep the film current, Crude is a real-life, high-stakes legal drama that offers a ground level view into the lives of those directly impacted by this tragedy while revealing a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most extraordinary legal dramas of our time, one that has the potential of forever changing the way international business is conducted.

Go to the website to read reviews and see a list of the awards this film has won: http://www.crudethemovie.com/

Discussion will be led by a representative of Amazon Watch and Rainforest Action Network.
Admission free
Added to the calendar on Sun, May 23, 2010 11:25AM
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