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Oil & Water Round Table, The Film

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This week’s film is Oil & Water, a story about an indigenous Ecuadorian from the Amazon Rain forest who comes to the U.S. at age 10 and is the first of his tribe to visit the U.S. And it’s about an American boy who becomes completely interested, intrigued with life in the Ecuadorian Rain Forest and the destruction being fomented by major U.S. oil companies. It goes from interesting to heart-breaking to inspiring.

Joining Mitchell in the Round Table is filmmaker Francine Strickwerda of Stir It Up Productions. Francine Strickwerda is an award-winning director, writer and producer of independent documentary films for PBS and Showtime, and owner of Flock This Way Films. Her newest documentary, Spirit of the Game (currently in production) is the story of an extraordinary school counselor who helps children and families heal through the sport of Ultimate Frisbee.

Also joining Mitchell is Hugo Lucitante, a Cofan representative from the Northeastern part of Ecuador. A student who at the age of 10 was sent to the US to get education. He was one of the youngest speakers at the UN at the age of 12.  After High School he returned to Ecuador for couple of years to learn Spanish and to participate for Cofan Federation. Every year he returns home and works with communities on various projects mostly focused in Zabalo. They are currently working on crowd funding for Cofan Community Health Project, to make medicinal garden and for a better access to the nearest hospital.

Lucitante’s attempt to figure it out is chronicled in this documentary.

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