The Curse of Abundance
The premiere of Ewa Ewart’s film
5th December – Katowice – Cinema Kosmos
COP24 United Nations Conference on Climate Change
Production: Krupa Gallery | Partnership: Krupa Gallery, Polish Film Institute, Global Compact Network Poland | Film Supports SDG Implementation 13 | SDG 15 – The goals of the UN’s Sustainable Development
Screenplay and direction: Ewa Ewart
Pictures: Mateusz Kruszelnicki, Maciej Grubiak
Editing: Robert Ciodyk
Music: Szymon Nidzworski
Production Piotr i Sylwia Krupa, Krupa Gallery
Premiere: December 5, 2018 (world)
Languages: Polish, English, Spanish
Length: 70 minutes
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
The premiere will take place during the COP24 climate summit in Katowice on December 5 at 19.00 in the Kosmos Cinema, at ul. Sokolska 66.
Intermedia-Globe Gold Award and Global Awareness Special Award for
The Curse of Abundance in the World Media Festivals in Hamburg.
Film screening and meeting with director in the Film School in Lodz
Ewa Ewart is a journalist and an award-winning filmmaker who specialises in ground breaking and influential documentaries. She was born and raised in Poland, but she has spent most of her career based at the BBC TV in London, England. She has travelled and worked in many countries of the world, producing and directing programmes ranging from investigations, political to social observational documentaries. Her films have revealed new information about issues such as corruption in Boris Yeltsin’s Russia, secret prison camps in North Korea, civil war in Colombia or secret and illegal CIA extraordinary rendition programme for people suspected of terrorism.
Her documentaries told some of the most memorable stories like the tragedy in Beslan, made for the first anniversary of a terrorist attack in which more then 170 children got killed. In the second film she highlighted the trauma still suffered by many child survivors five years after the atrocity.
For the last few years she has been the presenter of an international documentary strand on TVN24 and TVN24Bis, American owned commercial channels in Poland.
Most recently she has been a motivational speaker talking to a varied audiences about her experiences, which she described in a book “I witnessed”.
The Krupa Gallery is a place and an idea that came into being as a result of a passion shared by Sylwia and Piotr Krupa. It is a passion to engage in important topics, with international reach. The Krupa Gallery as a venue is currently materialising in a historic tenement at the Market Square in Wrocław.
Contemporary art by artists from Poland and Central Europe will be presented there. It will also be a venue for important debates and conversations about the condition of our world. The first step towards this was the production of Ewa Ewart’s documentary “The Curse of Abundance”, which forces the viewer to think deeply.
Global Compact Network Poland
Global Compact Network Poland supports the activities of Ewa Ewart, a Global Compact Sustainable Development Ambassador. Together, we strive to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, primarily through awareness-raising actions in the field of counteracting climate change. Showing the dilemmas associated with the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, the film poses a question addressed to the entire international community: given the environmental consequences of oil extraction, what is at stake if we reject a radical change in our approach to oil extraction around the world?
As Global Compact Network Poland, we are engaged in supporting and promotional activities of Ewa Ewart’s new documentary “The Curse of Abundance”. The film highlights the environmental problems of the Yasuni Park residents. It shows that problems of the remote Ecuador are close to everyone, because the responsibility for protecting the environment rests with the entire international community. The premiere of the film, which we organise, will be held during the biggest event dedicated to fighting climate change – the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice.