Crude – the movie

October 11, 2009 at 11:21 pm 1 comment

We skipped our lunchtime meeting last Thursday to free up some time to take in a movie on Friday night.

10 of us (Julie, Claire, Emily, Rhiana, Kassandra, Josh, Paul, Dave, Gwen, and Alan) gathered in the lobby of the Northwest Film Center at 7:30 PM to await the Portland premiere of Crude: The Real Price of Oil, a documentary film by Joe Berlinger. While we waited, we had a chance to people watch as members of the Portland elite who were attending the opening night gala for China Design Now, a new exhibition at the Portland Art Museum, streamed through the lobby.

Crude tells a gripping story about a David-and-Goliath struggle between natives of Ecuador’s Amazon region and multi-national oil companies (Texaco, and then Chevron after they purchased Texaco) over who would be held legally responsible for the destruction of the natives’ habitat, livelihood, and health. The natives’ suffering was documented extensively and the movie also included a lot of interesting behind-the-scenes footage of the environmental and human rights NGO personnel who have taken up the natives’ cause. While we usually focus on fossil fuels from where they enter our lives at the gas pump and exit our cars at the tailpipe, this movie showed us an entirely different set of costs that must be paid in order to feed our addiction to cheap imported oil.

After the movie was over, we walked over to Julie and Dave’s for late-night refreshments and more conversation. Which brings me to an idea that has been suggested before, would anyone like to arrange the rental and screening of other environmentally focused movies? Maybe do this on campus after Fall Break? Any volunteers?


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  • 1. Alan  |  October 11, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    For those of you who would like to see Crude, either for the first time or to meet the director, it will be opening at Cinema 21 in NW Portland on November 13.


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