Directed by: Joe Berlinger

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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Special benefit screening, with a panel discussion featuring director Joe Berlinger, Berlinger’s lead attorney Maura Wogan of Frankfurt Kurnit, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, and WGA-East President Michael Winship, among others.

Three years in the making, this riveting new documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) tells the epic story of 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 involving global politics, the environmental movement, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, multinational corporate power, and the fate of disappearing indigenous cultures.

Subverting the conventions of advocacy filmmaking, this award-winning film explores a complex situation from all angles, bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus. “Absolutely the most powerful, emotion- provoking, heart-wrenching documentary I have ever seen.” (John Perkins, Author, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man)

“A Herculean work of investigative journalism.” – Ed Gonzalez, Village Voice

NR, 105 Minutes, In English, Spanish, A’ingae and Secoya with English subtitles
First Run Features, USA, 2009
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"A sprawling legal thriller with rare depth and power"
- Stephen Holden, New York Times

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