Ecuador: Sting at Sundance to promote film about Ecuadorian plight against Chevron

Sting drew cheers with an impromptu jam session at the Sundance Film
Festival, but his real purpose was to bring attention to a film
dealing with the singer’s other passion: rainforest preservation. Joe
Berlinger’s “Crude” traces 15 years of a class-action lawsuit filed on
behalf of Ecuador residents who claim that oil producer Chevron Corp.
is liable for contaminating water supplies around the headwaters of
the Amazon River. Sting and wife Trudie Styler are founders of the
Rainforest Foundation, and they became involved at Berlinger’s behest.

The film chronicles Styler’s fact-finding trip to Ecuador and includes
footage of Sting performing with the Police at last summer’s Live
Earth music marathon on behalf of global-warming issues. “I have a
walk-on in this film and nothing else. I’m here to support the
missus,” Sting said in an interview alongside Styler, Berlinger and
plaintiffs’ attorneys Pablo Fajardo and Steven Donziger. “I think it’s
a great battle to fight,” said Sting, whose Sundance visit included
performing with the house band at a lodge sponsored by Gibson guitars.
“All the things we’ve been arguing against and about are involved in
this film.

The right to breathe clean air, to drink fresh water, to
feed your children and have a healthy life. No one has the right to
stand in the way of that.”Berlinger, whose documentaries include
“Brother’s Keeper,” “Paradise Lost” and “Metallica: Some Kind of
Monster,” heads into the rainforests in “Crude” to record field
arguments with the judge and legal teams involved in the lawsuit. He
also interviews indigenous people who claim oil-tainted water has
caused cancer, skin lesions and other ailments.

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