Photo by Torrance Coste.
The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter helped screen the documentary To the Ends of the Earth last night.
The outreach for the screening highlighted, “Join Council of Canadians, Sierra Club BC and Wilderness Committee for the Vancouver Island premiere of To the Ends of the Earth, an award-winning documentary about extreme energy by Vancouver-based filmmaker David Lavallee.”
It added, “Following the film, a panel discussion and Q+A with David, Caitlyn Vernon (Sierra Club BC) and Torrance Coste (Wilderness Committee) will be moderated by Emi Belliveau. This event is being held on the unceded territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.”
Chapter activist Ted Woynillowicz tells us, “The evening went well, about 70 people showed and tonight David is taking it to Nanaimo.”
As noted on its website, “[The film] follows concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction, bearing witness to a global crossroads. They call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era.”
An article in Canadian Progressive highlights, “The documentary’s title, To the Ends of the Earth, draws our attention to the rapid shift that occurred following the collapse of regular conventional crude oil in 2005. The collapse led to the ‘new energy age’, epitomized by rabid tar sands developments, fracking and mega pipeline projects such as the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL and Energy East pipelines, Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway and Line 9B pipelines, and Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain.”
In an interview with The Ecologist, Lavallee says, “On Burnaby Mountain and elsewhere across North America, we have seen hint of the moral and political power of Blockadia. That kind of popular protest is a great threat to these big corporations profiting off of extreme energy. Developing and implementing alternative and sustainable economics is an even bigger threat. My film, To The Ends of the Earth, is my contribution to sharing those alternatives and to building public awareness about the need to transition out of this dangerous era of extreme energy.”
The documentary features numerous activists including Naomi Klein, Andrew Nikiforuk and Lynne Quarmby.
To see a trailer for the film, click here.