Who owes who

“A film that turns the debt question on its head”

Children by one of Shell’s gas flares in Nigeria. Credit: Elaine Gilligan / FoE

“We are powerful as citizens not as consumers”… George Monbiot

A film by Teresa Martínez and Tara O’leary

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You can see a short version of the movie on

Film Sypnosis: The film starts with the question What is the impact of oil in your life? And from there, looking at our own lifestyle, tries to build solidarity with our neighbours around the world and highlights the need for justice locally and globally. This film by Teresa Martinez, Tara O’leary, and Glenda Rome of the “Global Communities” team at Friends of the Earth Scotland, raises awareness of the ecological debt generated by “rich-world” economies and life-styles.
Ecological Debt is the debt that the North or the industrialized countries owes to the global south. This debt comes from the way that we have plundered the minerals, oil, forests, marine and genetic resources to fuel our development.
In 1961, the Earth could have supported everyone having a UK lifestyle. It would take 3.1 planets to support the current UK life style…

The Shaman’s Oil (nuestro petroleo es sagrado)

” The Oil in our land is sacred”

Cofan young people at the inactive Texaco’s oil well.
Jóvenes Cofanes, en el pozo inactivo de TEXACO

A film by Glenda Rome, produced by Teresa Martínez and Tara O´leary
Available in Spanish and English. Download or watch the video here

Una película de Glenda Rome, producida por Teresa Martínez y Tara O’leary Disponible en inglés y en español. Puedes bajarte el documental aquí
Film Sypnosis : This film is about the struggle of Cofan people against oil extraction in their territories. The Cofans are indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon and due to the pressures of western development, and particularly the actions of the oil transnational Texaco, communities have been very badly affected, their traditional way of life is threatened and poverty is on the increase. The communities have lost over 90% of their lands as a result of oil extraction and other developments. The population has reduced significantly and the land they do retain is fragmented and the community is losing its cohesion. The film describes how despite all these problems the communities have managed to set up actions to bring their plight to the attention of their national government, closing the production on the original oil well drilled by Texaco. The spirituality and “Cosmovision” of the Cofans play a very important role in the struggle against oil exploitation and their survival as people.

Resumen: Este es un documental sobre la lucha del Pueblo Cofán frente a la extracción de petroleo en su territorio. Los Cofanes son comunidades indígenas de la amazonía ecuatoriana, que debido a las presiones del desarrollo occidental, y especialmente a la explotación petrolera, han perdido más del 90% de su territorio, su forma de vida tradicional está amenazada, y la pobreza está en aumento. El documental cuenta como a pesar de todos estos problemas, las comunidades han conseguido llevar sus demandas frente al gobierno nacional, y como cerraron la producción del primer pozo perforado por la Texaco en su territorio. La espiritualidad y la Cosmovisión de los Cofanes juega un papel muy importante en su lucha frente a la explotación petrolera y en su sobrevivencia como pueblo.

Life and Debt : a film by Stephany Black

“Life and Debt” is an unforgettable look at the real human consequences of economic globalization, focusing on farmers and workers in Jamaica”


The Shock Doctrine: Short film by Naomi Klein and Alfonso Cuarón. Base on the book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism


Naomi Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking, the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades, The Shock Doctrine is the gripping story of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world– through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries.


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