"WHITE WATER, BLACK GOLD" & "FAULT LINES": Documentary Screening with guest speaker filmmaker David Lavallee

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Cinema Politica UBC is proud to present a night of Canadian Oil Awareness with a double screening of: "WHITE WATER, BLACK GOLD" and "FAULT LINES: Elsipogtog, The Fire Over Water" with guest speaker filmmaker David Lavallee and a guest speaker from ForestEthics Advocacy. 
The screening will take place on Tuesday February 4th at 7pm at the Norm Theatre inside the SUB Building at UBC. The Norm Theatre is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Musqueam people.



"WHITE WATER, BLACK GOLD" is an investigative point-of view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the Tarsands.
In the course of his journey he makes many discoveries: new science shows that water resources in an era of climate change will be increasingly scarce; first nations people living downstream are contracting bizarre cancers; the upgrading of this oil threatens multiple river systems across Canada and the tailings ponds containing the waste by-products of the process threaten to befoul the third largest watershed in the world. Additionally, a planned pipeline across British Columbia brings fresh threats to BC Rivers and the Pacific Ocean.

"FAULT LINES: Elsipogtog, The Fire Over Water" 

Fault Lines travels to Mi’kmaq territory in New Brunswick, Canada to find out what happens when a First Nation says no to fracking.

"On October 17 2013, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided a protest site set up by Mi'kmaq people and their supporters trying to prevent a Texas-based corporation from fracking.

The company had received rights to explore for shale gas by the province of New Brunswick.

The raid carried out by police, with dogs and automatic weapons, turned to chaos as residents of the Elsipogtog First Nation arrived to confront them. Police pepper sprayed the elders and fired sock rounds to control the crowd. Six police vehicles were set ablaze, and some 40 people were arrested.

It was the most spectacular eruption yet, of a struggle led by indigenous people to protect the land they say they have never ceded and water they consider sacred - a struggle that grew quietly for three years, and shows no sign of slowing down" - Aljazeera 


Presented with the generous support of the UBC Social Justice Centre (SJC) and UBC Film Society.


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Cinema Politica UBC is part of the Cinema Politica network, a global non-profit network of community and campus locals that screen independent political film and video. CP UBC showcases documentaries that critically engage in social, environmental, economic and gender issues. Organized by a group of students who are passionate about the transformative power of film, CP UBC is committed to screening works that provide a space for independent voices in the film community, and encourage discussion and engagement among audiences.