In the Ecuadorian Amazon animals have disappeared, the water smells like oil and people are dying of cancer. Local idealists collaborate with American resources in a surge to make Chevron accountable for the heavy pollution of Texaco, which Chevron now owns. Their efforts result in international attention and the harmed areas get a visit from newly elected leftist president Rafael Correa. Although CRUDE is well balanced and all parts get their say, the shocking images of oil-drenched rain forest reveal blatant human rights violations.
JOE BERLINGER, best known for his Metallica-documentary SOME KIND OF MONSTER (2004), is an expert on Cinema Verité, witnessing dramas as they unfold. His trilogy PARADISE LOST (1996, 2004, 2009) follows three teenagers that are apparently innocently convicted for the murder of three children. Allegedly the teenagers were involved with satanism. UNDER AFRICAN SKIES has won two audience awards and several awards for its music at different film festivals.