Awarded top honors as Best Documentary Film by the National Board of Review, director Joe Berlinger‘s film, “Crude: The Real Price of Oil,” tells the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial environmental lawsuits on the planet – a landmark case that takes place in the Amazon jungles of Ecuador, pitting 30,000 indigenous and colonial rain-forest dwellers against the American oil giant Chevron.
The real-life high-stakes drama explores a number of important – if not crucial – issues, including environmentalism, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the power of the media, multi-national corporate greed and rapidly disappearing indigenous cultures.
Berlinger is an award-winning director-producer, whose previous work includes the documentary films “Brother’s Keeper,” “Paradise Lost” and “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster.”
“Crude: The Real Price of Oil” opens at the Spectrum 8 Theatres in Albany on Friday. Director Joe Berlinger will conduct a Q&A session following the 6:30pm showing of the film on Saturday.