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