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Crude



United States, 2009, HDV - Color - 104'

DIRECTED BY:
Joe Berlinger

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Juan Diego Pérez

EDITING:
Alyse Ardell Spiegel

MUSIC:
Wendy Blackstone

SOUND:
Edward L. O’Connor

PRODUCER:
Michael Bonfiglio, Joe Berlinger, Richard Stratton, J.R. DeLeon

PRODUCTION:
Entendre Films Production

WORLD SALES:
Michael Bonfiglio, Radical Media

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Esempio di cinéma–verité, “Crude” è il racconto, visto dall’interno, del famigerato caso ambientale “Amazon Chernobyl”, uno scabroso dramma legale incentrato sulla lotta tra multinazionali e popolazioni indigene in un vortice che coinvolge movimenti ecologisti, politica globale, attivisti celebri, difesa dei diritti umani, media. Il film presenta diversi punti di vista su una situazione complessa, rovesciando il modo convenzionale di fare film sui diritti violati.

The inside story of the infamous “Amazon Chernobyl” case, “Crude”, an example of cinema-verité, 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.

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Joe Berlinger realizza nel 1989 “Outrageous Taxi Stories”, un corto-documentario divenuto un cult nel circuito dei Festival. Tre anni dopo, insieme al suo collaboratore Bruce Sinofsky, viene riconosciuto a livello internazionale con l’opera “Brother’s Keeper”, vincitrice al Sundance. Nel 1996 girano “Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills” che racconta l’innocenza di tre teenager condannati per errore alla pena capitale. Il film è stato presentato in prima mondiale al Sundance Film Festival ed ha vinto il Primetime Emmy ed il National Board of Review’s “Best Documentary” Award. “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” ha vinto l’ Independent Spirit Award ed è stato selezionato all’IDA come “Best Documentary Feature”.

In 1989 Joe Berlinger realizes “Outrageous Taxi Stories”, a documentary short, became a cult favorite on the festival circuit. Three years later, Berlinger and his collaborator Bruce Sinofsky received international acclaim for their Sundance-winning feature “Brother’s Keeper”. Released in 1996, Berlinger and Sinofsky’s “Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills” revealed the innocence of three teenagers wrongfully convicted of capital murder. Paradise Lost had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It went on to win a Primetime Emmy, and the National Board of Review’s “Best Documentary” Award. “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” debuted at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. The film won the Independent Spirit Award,” was nominated by the IDA for “Best Documentary Feature”.

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