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Crude (2009)

Unrated | | Documentary | 15 January 2010 (UK)
The story of lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Ashley ...
Himself - ABC 7 News (archive footage)
Pablo Fajardo ...
Himself
Kent Robertson ...
Himself - Chevron
German Yanez ...
Himself (as Judge German Yanez)
Adolfo Callejas ...
Himself (as Dr. Adolfo Callejas)
Ebergeldo Criollo ...
Himself
Steve Donziger ...
Himself - Attorney
Atossa Soltani ...
Herself
Joseph Kohn ...
Himself - Attorney
Maria Garafalo ...
Herself - San Carlos Resident
Sara McMillen ...
Herself - Chevron
Ricardo Reis Veiga ...
Himself - Chevron
Diego Larrea ...
Himself - Attorney
Alejandro Ponce ...
Himself - Attorney
Rosa Moreno ...
Herself - San Carlos Resident
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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 examines a complicated situation from several angles while bringing a story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus. Written by Crude Production

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$16,595 (USA) (13 September 2009)

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$170,295 (USA) (29 August 2010)
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Footage not included in the documentary was later used as evidence of fraud on behalf of the plaintiffs in US courts. See more »

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Protester at 2008 Chevron Shareholders meeting: [Protester at 2008 Chevron Shareholders meeting] In Ecuador as in Nigeria, as in Richmond, as in Iraq, as in Burma, this company chose profit over people. It's clear that this company has no moral responsibility, no ethics. And that's why we're all here.
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Berlinger was simply used -- and financed - by the trial lawyers
25 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the March 4 ruling against Stephen Donziger and others by U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan. (LAP means Lago Agrio plaintiffs):

The documentary film called Crude was made because Donziger in 2005 recruited film maker Joe Berlinger to portray the LAPs' case against Chevron. The film featured Donziger quite prominently. Donziger provided Berlinger, cameraman Mike Bonfiglio, and other crew members expansive access to himself, his team and some of its activities for nearly the next three years. The ultimate product, Crude, first was released in January 2009.

The Crude team's independence from Donziger and the LAPs' lawyers – to the extent there was any at all – was limited. For one thing, Donziger recruited the film's main source of funding: his former classmate Russell DeLeon. As Donziger wrote: "Russ is funding the case. Russ is funding the movie. And Russ wants to fund more cases and more movies." Through his creation and sole ownership of a production company called Crude Investment, Inc., Deleon contributed approximately 60 percent of the film's total funding.

Nonetheless, just as they had done with Cabrera, Donziger and his team attempted to create the appearance that the film was independent, while they controlled or influenced its content from behind the scenes.


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