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BLACK WAVE:

The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez

SYNOPSIS

In the early hours of March 24th 1989 the Exxon Valdez oil tanker runs aground in Alaska. It discharges millions of gallons of crude oil. The incident becomes the biggest environmental catastrophe in North American history.

In a flash, dramatic images shoot across the planet. They show thousands of carcasses of dead birds and seals covered in oil. A thick black tide rises and covers the beaches of once-pristine Prince William Sound.

For twenty years, the fishermen of the little town of Cordova, Alaska have waged the longest legal battle in U.S. history against the world’s most powerful oil company – ExxonMobil. They tell us all about the environmental, social and economic consequences of a catastrophe that changed their lives forever.

What happens after an environmental catastrophe? How do the victims cope with the long aftermath? How powerful can an oil company be? Is there such a thing as justice?

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