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The Curse of Abundance

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.

The film uncovers Ecuador’s battle to reconcile its green ambitions with tough economic realities - a dilemma which resonates with the entire world.

  • Ewa Ewart
  • Ewa Ewart
  • Piotr Krupa
  • Sylwia Krupa
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Klątwa obfitości
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    enviromental, human rights
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
  • Language:
    English, Polish, Spanish
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • United Nations Climate Conference COP 24
  • WATCH DOCS International Film Festival, Human Rights in Film
    December 12, 2018
  • Madrid International Film Festival
  • Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, USA
  • Human Rights Film Festival Berlin
Director Biography - Ewa Ewart

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.

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