Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
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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