Tough Talking Films

Published: Wednesday, 10/12/2005 12:00 am EDT

In the award-winning documentary Between Midnight and the Rooster's Crow, director Nadja Drost examines the activities of a Calgary oil giant embroiled in a social and environmental controversy in Ecuador. Ms. Drost ventures beyond barbed wire fences with peasants, is followed by security guards and later returns to Canada to confront the company's CEO in an annual meeting of shareholders. What are the responsibilities of Canadian oil companies abroad? Should they exploit lax environmental laws in poor countries and contribute to the pollution of our planet? The film challenges viewers to ask whether this is moral. Is it possible for a company to claim to be a good corporate citizen yet contribute to activities detrimental to the environment and indigenous people? But not only does this film raise the above questions; it is also a compelling story examining the connections between corporate power and the impacts of globalization on the Third World. Between Midnight and the Rooster's Crow is part of the One World Film Festival. See Listings for details.

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