October 23, 2011
Galileo's Gallery, Students' Union Building
Cinema Politica and LPIRG presents:
In the aggressive search for the 'black gold' that drives Western economies, multinational corporations are working to extract billions of dollars of oil reserves from beneath Ecuador's rainforest. BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND THE ROOSTER'S CROW investigates the operations of the EnCana Corporation, a firm that, despite proud public declarations of its social responsibility, is shown to be answerable for widespread environmental contamination and human rights violations.
BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND THE ROOSTER'S CROW focuses on EnCana's development of a heavy crude oil pipeline from the Amazon across the earthquake-prone Andes to the Pacific coast for export. Since oil exploitation represents a solution for Ecuador's economic crisis, the government has gone out of its way to facilitate EnCana's plans, disregarding protests about property destruction and contamination. The government has even lauded EnCana for its supposed responsibility (the film's title refers to a government decision to present EnCana with an environmental award).
Afterwards, Mr. Alvarado Tanguila, an Indigenous Leader of the Napo region in Ecuador, will share some of his experience with the oil companies in the Amazon.