Between Midnight and the Rooster's Crow

Between Midnight and the Rooster's Crow

  • Canada
  • 66
  • STC
  • Nadja Drost

Canadian oil companies have operated in Ecuador for 30 years, promising wealth and jobs to the people but leaving a legacy of poverty and contaminated land. Gas flares poison the air near the Cuyabeno Wild Life Reserve and toxic waste leaches into rivers, making the fish taste like crude oil and causing cancer, open skin sores and miscarriages. Encana is the latest company to take over these assets, and it claims a new brand of corporate responsibility. As an Encana spokesman brandishes an award from the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment, landowners show acres oozing with crude oil and streams with floating pools of it. As the CEO tells shareholders at its AGM in Calgary that 97% of the people voluntarily agreed to let its consortium build a new heavy crude pipeline across their land, farmers describe beatings and police coercion, peaceful protests are put down by military force and even the film crew is followed by Encanas armed security guards. A riveting exposé of big Canadian oils complicity in human rights abuses and contamination. Lynne Fernie

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