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Crude: The Real Price of Oil (2009)
World History > Modern Latin America > Modern Latin America Books and Films
Reviewer: Ms. Stelzer

Length: 104 minutes (1 hour, 44 minutes)

Crude: The Real Price of Oil (2009) - Film review and guide for high school World History teachers. Age appropriateness: Crude: The Real Price of Oil should be acceptable for high school students and home viewing. It frequently has subtitles, so students would have to be comfortable reading at a fast pace. There are a few swear words, but nothing too noticeable. The subject matter is sometimes mature though, particularly the interviews with those who have cancer or whose families have died. There are a few graphic images of people with illnesses and some shots of dead or dying animals.

Creators and stars: Adolfo Callejas, Diego Larrea, Joe Berlinger, J.R. DeLeon, Juan Diego Perez, Michael Bonfiglio, Pablo Fajardo, Pocho Alvarez, Rafael Correa, Ricardo Reis Veiga, Richard Stratton, Sara McMillen, Steve Donziger, Sting, Trudie Styler, Wendy Blackstone

Accuracy: Crude: The Real Price of Oil does a very good job of showing both sides of the argument, but it is clearly sided with the plaintiff. Although this is true, it isn’t inaccurate, and it shows only factual information about the situation.

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Review: Crude: The Real Price of Oil (2009) is a documentary about a lawsuit between Chevron (previously Texaco) and 30,000 Ecuadoreans over the harmful effects that Chevron’s oil drilling had on their environment. Crude primarily follows the plaintiffs as they listen to the stories of those who have been harmed, but there are also many interviews with representatives from Chevron. The film focuses more on depth than it does on covering many subjects, but it does this well and has valuable information on environmental and legal issues.
  Members of the Cofán indigenous community travel the once-pristine Aguarico River in the   Cancer victim Maria Garofalo reflected in the stream behind her home in the Ecuadorean Amazon.   Filmmaker Joe Berlinger   Emergildo Criollo, a leader from the Cofán indigenous community, testifies at the trial against   Caption: Old Texaco barrels left on the banks of the Aguarico River near Lago Agrio.  
  One of the hundreds of oil waste pits that dot the landscape in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador.   Plaintiffs' attorney Pablo Fajardo argues his case against Chevron in the Ecuadorean Amazon.   Filmmaker Joe Berlinger films plaintiffs’ attorney Steven Donziger and Rainforest Foundation cofounder   The shooting crew of Crude in the Ecuadorean Amazon. Left to right: Michael Bonfiglio   A gas flare is reflected in an oil waste put in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. 
Vocabulary terms: Ecuador, Amazon, indigenous, plaintiff, defendant, contamination, ethical, activism, litigate
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Crude: The Real Price of Oil Movie Review Publication Date for Citation Purposes: June 11, 2012