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Special Screening: Crude: The Real Price of Oil

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Face to Face: Community Conversations on Environmental Justice

Maplewood Memorial Library and the Maplewood Green Team are partnering to present a public screening and scholar-led discussion of

Crude: The Real Price of Oil.

Filmmaker Joe Berlinger’s award-winning documentary is an inside look at the infamous case alleging that three decades of pollution by Texaco (now merged with Chevron) created a ‘death zone’ the size of Rhode Island in the heart of the Amazon Rain Forest. The plaintiffs   argue that oil operations in the region contributed not only to increased rates of cancer, leukemia and other illnesses, but also to the destruction of indigenous peoples and their way of life.

   Chevron vociferously fights the claims, charging that the case is a      complete fabrication, perpetrated by “environmental con men” who are seeking to line their pockets with the company’s billions.

Mark Krasovic, of Rutgers University, will introduce the movie and lead a discussion following the screening.

Monday, May 9  7:00 pm at Main Library. This program, made possible by the NJ Council for the Humanities, is free and open to the public.

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