Film Review: Crude – Go See It This Week in L.A.!
September 25, 2009 § 4 Comments
Last night I watched Crude. It’s an excellent documentary film that I highly recommend to all Creek Freak readers, and it’s showing in L.A. theaters this week. Crude traces the history of an epic lawsuit against Chevron for damage that their oil drilling operations have caused in the Ecuadorean rainforest. It’s a story of environmental pollution, environmental justice, and the struggles of indigenous peoples.
Crude is a very compelling David and Goliath story. It’s very dramatic, with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. Texaco (which was later purchased by Chevron) left massive contamination from many years of oil extraction. The toxins have spread into soils and waters, with grave impacts to the health of the peoples there. A brave cadre of lawyers are suing Chevron for damages – which have been estimated at $27 billion.
Though the film is definitely sympathetic to the harmed indigenous peoples, it does include interviews with some lawyers and scientists from Chevron… but they come off as rather insincere. Chevron tries to drag out the case, to place the blame on others… and it’s all still in court as I write this.