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A Continent Crucified, Ecuador

In Ecuador, the Catholic Church has always been divided between those who sided with the poor and others who backed whatever regime was in power. Pizzey traces the dilemma through the Catholic Church's annual explosion of guilt in Ecuador's Holy Week. But in the Andes' missionaries, Pizzey sees a new threat to the Church which may overshadow its entire future. 1985. 29 min.

A Quiet Revolution: Christian Base Communities of Latin America.

Documents the efforts of Christian base communities, small groups of poor and marginalized people in Latin America, which work to allievate hunger, disease, unemployment, and other critical problems through the application of biblical principles. Profiles successful community efforts in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. 1987. 58 min.

Between Midnight and the Rooster's Crow

Multinationals are working to extract billions of dollars of oil reserves from beneath Ecuador's rainforest. This film documents the environmental and social impact the EnCana Corporation is having on Ecuador as they build a heavy crude pipeline from the Amazon, across the Andes, to the Pacific coast. Also looks at the relationship between EnCana and the government of Eduador. Directed, produced and written by Nadja Drost. 2005. 66 min.
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Crude

Tells the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet: the infamous $27 billion 'Amazon Chernobyl' lawsuit pitting 30,000 rainforest dwellers in Ecuador against the U.S. oil giant Chevron. Directed and produced by Joe Berlinger ; producer and 2nd unit director, Michael Bonfiglio ; produced by J.R. DeLeon, Richard Stratton.

Cultivating Communities: The Hope of the Quechua

This film chronicles the daily life of the people of Illagua Chico, a Quechuan community living more than 10,000 feet above sea level in the mountains of Ecuador. The film examines the community's leaders as they grapple with issues of agricultural and business development, social justice, women's rights and spiritual formation. A film by Brian Fuller. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2008. 24 min.

Ecuador: Divided Over Oil(What in the World? People of the Developing Nations)

The Ecuadoran government granted Burlington Oil a contract to explore and exploit oil in the Achuar Indian territory without consulting with the Achuar. The Achuar are opposed to the oil company's presence in their land. President Lucio Gutierrez is threatening to control the area militarily if the Achuar do not cooperate. The Achuar are attempting to evict the oil company by suing them for environmental damage to their land, which has contaminated drinking water, killed crops and game, and caused health problems among the Achuar.

El comite: la toma del Penal Garcia Moreno

Film examines the complexity of day-to-day life at the Penal Garcia Moreno in Quito, Ecuador, a prison that has become a powerful symbol of "modernity." The film focuses on a riot, which took place on a visitation day on Dec. 8, 2004 during which 370 people were held hostage. Directed by Mateo Herrera. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2005. 93 min.

Flames in the Forest.

Since the 1950's, the Amazon Indians of eastern Ecuador have bitterly resisted the invasion of international oil companies which, with the encouragement of the Ecuadorian government, seek to use the resource-rich region for intensive oil production. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1991. 52 min.

Galeano.

Uruguayan author and political analyst, Eduardo Galeano, comments upon the history and social conditions of the indigenous peoples of Latin America, with particular emphasis on the people of Ecuador. In Spanish. 1990. 26 min.

Loja: ciudad ecologica y saludable

In the last decade the city of Loja, Ecuador has transformed itself into an "ecologically healthy" city. A surprising 95% of the population meets the goals of the recycling program. Loja now reuses all organic waste and over 50% of inorganic waste. In Spanish without subtitles. 2003. 17 min.

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