Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands

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Official film description...

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.

Notes on the film...

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.

Further reviews...

“… scary, nightmarish and oddly beautiful.“ – Financial Times

“Breathtaking.” – The Guardian

Technical information and screening rights...

Director: Peter Mettler
Country: Canada
Year: 2009
Run Time: 43 minutes
Language (Audio): English
Language (Subtitles): French
Age restriction: 0

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entertainment value

scientificity+ journalistic quality

Transfer of a momentum

Picture, music, craftsmanship

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