June 13, 2007

Hannah and Kilcher in Ecuador

Spotlight on Environmental Catastrophe Effecting Indigenous People in Ecuador Illuminated by Celebrity VisitFar from the bright lights of Hollywood, Daryl Hannah and Q'orianka Kilcher are drawing international attention to the environmental damages and ongoing catastrophe effecting indigenous people living in Ecuador. The two actresses and human rights activists are touring remote rainforest communities ravaged by cancers and other diseases where environmental damage has wreaked havoc on human lives. Petroleum giant, Texaco, now owned by Chevron, had drilling operations in the region and is alleged to have left behind an environmental catastrophe.

On June 6, 2007, both Daryl Hannah and Q’Orianka Kilcher attended the opening for the art exhibit, “Crude Reflections,” at Quito's prestigious Guayasamin Museum. The photos, by award-winning Bay Area photographers Lou Dematteis and Kayana Szymczak, have previously appeared in large venues across the USA, but this is the first time they have been on display in Ecuador. Dramatic photos and storylines combine in this exhibit to reveal the enormous toll that toxic waste has laid upon the communities in remote areas within the rainforest.

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