Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
Trailer (Audio:: English, Subtitles:: English)
Excerpt (Audio:: English, Subtitles:: English)
15 minPetropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands (short-version)
Excerpt (Audio:: English, no subtitles)
3 minKumi Naidoo visits Tar Sands
Other (Audio:: English, no subtitles)
42 minPetropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
Feature Film (Audio:: English, no subtitles)
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, effecting catastrophic damages on land, air, water, and climate. Peter Mettler shows us this extraordinary view from above, filming primarily from a helicopter to capture this breathtaking, unparalleled view of the world's largest industrial, capital and energy project. In a hypnotic flight of image and sound, Mettler explores the clash between industry and earth, and beholds the barren wasteland that is left behind.
A calm and impressive film, well complemented by bonus material (interviews with affected people). We really liked the authentic and touching interview with a Greenpeace campaign leader from Canada.
… scary, nightmarish and oddly beautiful. – Financial Times
Breathtaking. – The Guardian
The film doesn't use words to make its potent point: Only an aerial view that leaves one staggered and likely ashamed. – Kevin Williamson, Toronto Sun
Winner 2011 – International Films for the Earth Festival
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