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Published 19 February 2016

A new film on a decades-old oil pollution case in Ecuador has been described as an “eye opener” by academic Tariq Ali.

Communities in Ecuador's Amazon remain devastated by decades-old oil pollution, according to a new documentary presented by teleSUR.

"Ecuador, The Poisoned Rainforest" charts the history of one of Ecuador's worst environmental disasters, and its lingering impact on local communities.

Environmentalists say oil firm Texaco caused one of the world's greatest environmental disasters while drilling for oil in the Ecuadorean Amazon between 1964 and 1990. Texaco has since been acquired by Chevron, which has been locked in a legal dispute with locals who say their communities were devastated by Texaco's pollution.

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Made by Chris Den Hond and Mireille Court, the new documentary has been described as an “eye opener” by academic Tariq Ali.

“This film … goes to the region and charts the course of what happened when chevron went in,” Ali said in an introduction to the film.

“Chevron still goes unpunished,” he said.

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