Crude (2009)

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 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 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 as it examines a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.

Awards

Winner
Best Documentary of the Year
National Board of Review
2009
Winner
Grand Jury Prize
Independent Film Festival of Boston
2009
Winner
Best International Documentary 
One World Media Awards
2009
Winner
Grand Jury Prize
Yale Environmental Film Festival
2009
Winner
Best Documentary Film
Mexico International Film Festival
2009
Winner
Reel Earth
New Zealand Reel Earth Film Festival
2009

Credits

Directed and Produced by
Joe Berlinger

Producer and 2nd Unit Director
Michael Bonfiglio

Edited by
Alyse Ardell Spiegel

Executive Producers
Joe Berlinger
Jon Kamen
Frank Scherma
Justin Wilkes
Robert Friedman


Director of Photography
Juan Diego Pérez

Original Music by
Wendy Blackstone
Produced by
J.R. DeLeon
Richard Stratton