A sequel of sorts to “The Hour of the Furnaces,” Argentinean multihyphenate Fernando E. Solanas’ 1970 docu epic about his homeland and neo-colonialism, “Black Gold, Land in Revolt Part 2” is a more finely targeted polemic that explores how the privatization of Argentina’s national oil company, YPF, has wrought social, economic and environmental havoc. Pic’s rousing championing of grassroots agitators fighting multinational capitalism will help export “Black Gold” by the barrelful to left-leaning docu and human-rights fests, with appearances on cablers likely further down the pipeline.
Narrated by writer, helmer, co-lenser and co-editor Solanas, docu explains in simple but not too dumbed-down terms how YPF came to be the world’s first entirely state-run oil company and enriched Argentina until it was sold off in the 1990s. Since then, according to testimony from a wide spectrum of interviewees, employees have been shafted and abandoned, land has been poisoned due to corporate negligence and most of the wealth has been siphoned off abroad. However, despite the depressingly familiar story of multinational malfeasance, the bravery of the activists profiled offers some hope. Tech credits are plain and simple but largely effective.