Houston, TX 77005
7:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
On Campus | Alumni
This screening of Crude from documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger follows the third in the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar guest lecture series-- Suzana Sawyer's "The Toxic Matter of Crude: Law, Science, & Indeterminacy in Ecuador and Beyond." Three years in the making, this cinéma-vérité feature from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial environmental lawsuits on the planet. The inside story of the infamous “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 subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking, exploring a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus. Q&A Session with Joe Berlinger to follow screening.