Peace Out is the story of a journey of discovery by a non-activist trying to make sense out of the many conflicting claims within the global energy debate. On the top left corner of North America an energy bonanza of unimaginable proportions is taking place – far away from the eyes of the world. In Canada's vast Peace River region the mega-projects include a major new dam, tens of thousands of hydro-fracked shale gas wells, a nuclear power plant, and the Tar Sands.
On the positive side of the ledger, countless jobs are being created, resource revenues are pouring in, schools and hospitals are staying open. Alternatively, there are credible charges that multi-national corporations are despoiling an area the size of Florida, converting public assets into private fortunes and leaving a wake of Mordor-like destruction. Who to believe? In Peace Out, filmmaker Charles Wilkinson (Down Here, Max), assembles a brilliant cast of specialists who are credible, reasonable, occasionally irreverent, but always extraordinarily well informed on the subject.
Interviewees include: Internationally acclaimed academics - Politicians who write resource policy - Investment bankers whose capital lubricates the machinery of development - Corporate executives who believe in what they do, and want the rest of us to really understand.
Resident activists trained by long years of fighting what has often been a losing battle. Peace Out resists pointing a finger at the usual suspects. Instead it probes the deeper causes underlying the symptoms of environmental exploitation. Audiences have described Peace Out as “beautiful, inspiring, frightening, reflective, shocking, provocative, and undeniably real.” Above all, it’s a deeply heartfelt account of what's really going on up North and how our choices down South are making it so.
- Friday July 6, 2012 at 7:00PM
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