Production: Krupa Gallery | Partnership: Polish Film Institute, Global Compact Network Poland |
Film Supports SDG Implementation 13 | SDG 15 – The UN Sustainable Development Goals

Screenplay and direction: Ewa Ewart

Pictures: Mateusz Kruszelnicki, Maciej Grubiak
Editing: Robert Ciodyk
Music: Szymon Nidzworski
Production: Piotr and Sylwia Krupa, Krupa Gallery
Premiere: December 5, 2018 (world)
Languages: Polish, English, Spanish
Length: 70 minutes

About the Document

The Curse of Abundance

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 revolutionary idea 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 repercussions.
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.
It is ultimately a question of our survival.
The film poses two key questions, which are even more relevant today then 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?

The Curse of Abundance by Ewa Ewart




Nominees and Awards:

Best Feature Documentary | Madrid IFF 2019
Scientific & Educational Award | Madrid IFF 2019
Best Documentary | Marbella Film Festival 2019
Best Documentary | Human Rights Film Festival Berlin 2019
Special Price Prince Rainier III | 59. Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Intermedia-Globe Gold Award I World Media Festivals in Hamburg
Global Awareness Special Award I World Media Festivals in Hamburg
Best Director of a Feature Documentary | Madrid IFF 2019
Best Documentary I Chagrin Documentary Film Festival 2019

Krupa Gallery
Rynek 27/28 lok. 1a
PL, 50-028 Wrocław

UN Global Compact Network Poland
ul. Emilii Plater 25/64
PL, 00-688 Warsaw

ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 21/23
00-071 Warszawa