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Crude (2009) Crude , Joe Berlinger's new documentary, takes an unsparing look at the kind of corporate policy that leads to environmental calamity. In 1993, 30,000 residents… 2009-09-09 Unrated PT104M Documentary First Run Features
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Crude (2009)

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Crude | THERE WILL BE FLOOD Cancer victim Maria Garofalo reflects in the stream in Crude
Image credit: Juan Diego Pérez
THERE WILL BE FLOOD Cancer victim Maria Garofalo reflects in the stream in Crude
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Sep 09, 2009; Rated: Unrated; Length: 104 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: First Run Features

Crude, Joe Berlinger's new documentary, takes an unsparing look at the kind of corporate policy that leads to environmental calamity. In 1993, 30,000 residents of the Amazonian rain forests of Ecuador filed a class-action suit against Texaco. The suit, inherited by Chevron after a 2001 merger, alleged that decades of ruthless oil drilling had poisoned the 
 ancestral territory of the Cofán nation, rendering the region uninhabitable and causing an epidemic of cancer. Berlinger charts the thorny years of litigation led by two heroic lawyers. It's a David-and-Goliath tale, full of anger and disturbing accusation, but it's also inspiring. B+

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Originally posted Oct 14, 2009 Published in issue #1072 Oct 23, 2009 Order article reprints