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Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
2009 | 43 min | Recommended min. age: 12 y

The Athabasca tar sands in Alberta are an oil reserve the size of England. Extracting crude oil that lies beneath the unspoiled wilderness requires a massive industrialized effort. Especially as this process effects catastrophic damages on land, air, water, and climate.

Peter Mettler shows us this extraordinary view from above, filming primarily from a helicopter. The film provides an insight into the world’s largest industrial, capital and energy project. In a hypnotic flight it captures this breathtaking, unparalleled view. Mettler thereby explores the clash between industry and earth, and beholds the barren wasteland that is left behind.

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