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Dark Eden

  • ACMI Federation Square, Flinders St Melbourne Australia (map)

Dir. Jasmin Herold, Michael Beamish | Canada | 2018 | 80 mins

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Fort McMurray is home to the Athabasca Oil Sands; the largest industrial project and the third largest oil reserve on the planet. With vast resources at its disposal, it constitutes one of Canada’s largest sources of annual revenue, generated directly from oil exploitation. People arrive from all over the world in order to pursue wealth and fortune – at the expense of the environment. But what price do these people – and the environment – have to pay?

Huge stretches of forest are being cut down, toxic gases and sewage are poisoning the air and water, and nearby communities are suffering from cancer and rare diseases. Dark Eden explores the reality behind the dream of a better life; what is lost and what is gained in the pursuit of personal wealth and perceived happiness.

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This film will be followed by a panel discussion. The panel will include:

  • Wendy Farmer - Voices of the Valley (Latrobe Valley)

  • Denis Ginnivan - Totally Renewable Yakandandah

  • Stephanie Niall - University of Melbourne (moderator) 

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Dark Eden will screen with Australian short film Courage for the Long Haul (14 mins) directed by Rani Brown.

EFFA Community Storytelling Project short film by Environment Victoria will also premiere at this screening.

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  Wendy Farmer Voices of the Valley   Wendy Farmer is the President of Voices of the Valley, a community advocacy group that formed during the catastrophic 2014 Hazelwood brown coal mine fire in Victoria. Voices of the Valley’s advocacy work has led to, notably, the reopening of the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry, which found that the mine fire contributed to 13 extra deaths in the Latrobe Valley. Voices of the Valley were finalists in the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards in the ‘Environmental Justice’ category. Before the 2014 mine fire, Wendy wasn’t heavily involved in health, environmental, sustainability or social justice issues. Three years later, she is a dedicated campaigner, media spokesperson and has done numerous public speaking engagements. Wendy is passionate about working towards a ‘Just Transition’ for the Latrobe Valley and other communities.

Wendy Farmer
Voices of the Valley

Wendy Farmer is the President of Voices of the Valley, a community advocacy group that formed during the catastrophic 2014 Hazelwood brown coal mine fire in Victoria. Voices of the Valley’s advocacy work has led to, notably, the reopening of the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry, which found that the mine fire contributed to 13 extra deaths in the Latrobe Valley. Voices of the Valley were finalists in the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards in the ‘Environmental Justice’ category. Before the 2014 mine fire, Wendy wasn’t heavily involved in health, environmental, sustainability or social justice issues. Three years later, she is a dedicated campaigner, media spokesperson and has done numerous public speaking engagements. Wendy is passionate about working towards a ‘Just Transition’ for the Latrobe Valley and other communities.

  Denis Ginnivan, Co-chair, Totally Renewable Yackandandah   Denis has always lived and worked in rural and regional Australia. He was raised in farming communities in the beautiful foothills of the Victorian Alps, near Benalla in north-east Victoria; and now lives on a small farm in the Indigo Valley, 10 kms from the town of Yackandandah. He has qualifications in social work, agricultural economics and mediation. Totally Renewable Yackandandah, a voluntary community group established in 2014, has set the achievable goal to be 100% net renewable energy by 2022. The local community is very supportive of a wide range of strategies to achieve this! Denis will have lots to say about this in the panel session.

Denis Ginnivan, Co-chair, Totally Renewable Yackandandah

Denis has always lived and worked in rural and regional Australia. He was raised in farming communities in the beautiful foothills of the Victorian Alps, near Benalla in north-east Victoria; and now lives on a small farm in the Indigo Valley, 10 kms from the town of Yackandandah. He has qualifications in social work, agricultural economics and mediation. Totally Renewable Yackandandah, a voluntary community group established in 2014, has set the achievable goal to be 100% net renewable energy by 2022. The local community is very supportive of a wide range of strategies to achieve this! Denis will have lots to say about this in the panel session.

Earlier Event: October 14
The Ancient Woods
Later Event: October 14
As Worlds Divide