The Curse of Abundance

Duration: 69 min.
Country of production: Polska
Year of production: 2018
Film original language: English, Spanish
Director: Ewa Ewart
Pictures: Mateusz Kruszelnicki, Maciej Grubiak
Editing: Robert Ciodyk
Music: Szymon Nidzworski
Producer: Piotr i Sylwia Krupa
Inwestors: Polish Film Institute

In 2007, Ecuador, a South American oil rich country, launched a daring initiative to leave some of its Amazonian oil reserves in the ground in exchange for financial compensation from the international community. It was a revolutionary idea to save one of the Earth’s most vital ecosystems and two uncontacted indigenous tribes. The proposal centred on the Yasuni National Park which contains a third of Ecuador’s oil reserves. It was a brave decision to address climate change, but it turned out to be ahead of its time and struggled to take off. In late 2017 the government of Ecuador started a new phase of drilling in the most pristine part of Yasuni, triggering new waves of protest. For the first time “The Curse of Abundance” reveals the full drama of the failed Yasuni initiative which has far-reaching global as well as regional  epercussions. The film uncovers Ecuador’s battle to reconcile its green ambitions with tough economic realities– a dilemma which resonates with the entire world. Yasuni has also become a microcosm of some of the most pressing environmental issues on the planet. In the heart of the Ecuadorian rainforest the stage has been set for an urgent global debate about economic development, sustainability and climate change.
The film poses two key questions, which are even more relevant today than ever before. Should we leave the oil in the ground?
And what are the risks of not being prepared to embrace such a radical mind-shift given the
environmental cost of continuing to extract oil all over the world?