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The San Francisco Film Society will present its second annual Investigative Documentary Week featuring the free SFFS Focus: Investigative Documentary program Slippery Slopes: A Forum About Crude and the Investigative Functions of Film, 2:00 pm Saturday, September 26 at Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in conjunction with a screening of Crude (SFIFF 2009), directed by Joe Berlinger. Tickets to the screening must be purchased separately.

SFFS Investigative Documentary Week is copresenting Crude, which opens for a one week run at the Lumiere and Shattuck (Berkeley) theaters on Friday, September 25. Berlinger will be on hand for audience Q & A following the first evening screening Friday at the Lumiere and the first evening screening Saturday at the Shattuck.

Crude, a lively and gripping documentary, chronicles the shifting course of a lawsuit brought by 30,000 Ecuadoreans against Chevron over its responsibility for the country’s contaminated waters and streams. Alternately inspiring, funny, disturbing and infuriating, Crude offers a thoughtful and complex look at the issues surrounding human rights and corporate behavior in Latin America.

Following the 12:00 noon Saturday screening of the film at the Lumiere, the forum will address the functions, roles and processes of documentary film as a form of investigative journalism. Phil Bronstein, editor-at-large at the San Francisco Chronicle, will moderate a discussion with Crude director Joe Berlinger and Robert Rosenthal, executive director of the Center of Investigative Reporting. Other panelists are yet to be confirmed.

Added by cinesoul on September 8, 2009

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