Tall, thin, copper-rich Chile can often appear an anomaly in South America. Rather than picturesque Andean highlands, kaleidoscopic indigenous groupings, ponchos and pan-pipes that draw shoals of Gap Year students from across the world, it brings to mind images of a glistening economic success story, gleaming skyscrapers in Santiago and a haven of stability among more »
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The glossy “corporate social responsibility” pages of an oil major’s website are a heroic but stilted effort to resist the barrage of hostile public opinion towards ‘big oil’ (boo ,hiss), an industry which has become a byword for underhand dealings, pilfering and dishonesty. However it has taken the discovery of little-known documentary Cite du Petrole to remind me that this vitriolic reaction to the sector was by no means always the case. This short film by Marc Wolfensberger charts the experiences of the first Western film crew allowed access to Neft Dashlari (or ‘Oil Rocks’), a colossal floating oil platform off the coast of Azerbaijan commissioned by egocentric son of the Caucasus Stalin in 1949 as the largest offshore platform ever built.