The Seattle Public Library presents Oil & Water


Join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary Oil & Water.

A Q&A with Seattle-based directors Laurel Spellman Smith and Francine Strickwerda will follow the film.
Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2015, 6 – 8 p.m., Microsoft Auditorium, Central Library

Directors Laurel Spellman Smith and Francine Strickwerda chronicle the coming of age of two boys looking for solutions to the global problem of reckless oil drilling following years of oil contamination in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Oil & Water is the coming of age story of two boys as they each confront one of the world's worst toxic disasters, the prolonged contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon by Texaco and other oil companies. Hugo comes to America to fight for the survival of his tribe, the Cofán, while David goes to Ecuador to launch the world's first company to certify oil as "fair trade." Can Hugo become the leader his tribe so desperately wants him to be? Will David clean up one of the world's dirtiest industries?

This film is an intimate portrait of two young people finding their voices and trying to beat incredible odds. Their journeys lead them to explore what could be a more just future, not just for the people of the Amazon, but for all people around the world born with oil beneath their feet. Eight years in the making, Oil & Water is a shocking and inspiring David and Goliath story.

A question and answer session with directors Laurel Spellman Smith and Francine Strickwerda will follow the film screening.

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April 01, 2015 at 6:00pm
The Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave
Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
Seattle, WA 98104
United States
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"A crucially important documentary."
Alexa Dalby, Dog and Wolf