Oil & Water

A film by Francine Strickwerda, Laurel Spellman Smith

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)


USA, Environmental Activism Documentary, 2014
78 min, HDV, Color
English, Spanish with English subtitles

OIL & WATER is the story of two boys coming of age as they each confront one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. Hugo comes to America to fight for the survival of his Cofan tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while David goes to Ecuador to launch the world’s first company to certify oil as “fair trade.” Their journeys lead them to explore what could be a more just future, not just for the Cofan, but for all people around the world born with oil beneath their feet. Can Hugo become the leader his tribe so urgently wants him to be? Will David clean up one of the world’s dirtiest industries? OIL & WATER is an intimate portrait of two young people finding their voices and trying to beat incredible odds in the name of preserving human dignity and human rights in the face of energy development.

Texas Premiere

About the director

- DirectorFrancine Strickwerda is an award-winning director, writer and producer of documentary films and web sites, including the feature documentary, BUSTING OUT. She currently runs the production company Hullabaloo with her husband in Seattle.
Laurel Spellman Smith is a two-time regional Emmy Award-winning producer of national and local programs for PBS including THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER and the documentary FAITH & FEAR: THE CHILDREN OF KRISHNA. In addition to OIL & WATER, she co-directed and produced the women’s health documentary BUSTING OUT.



Producer: Francine Strickwerda
Production Companies: Bullfrog Films
Cinematographer: Laurel Spellman Smith, Diana Wilmar
Editor: Tracy Dethlefs
Music: Erik Aho

Print Source: Bullfrog Films,