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The Good Neighbour

Astrid Schau-Larsen / Canada - Norway / 2014 / 59 ' / English - Norwegian / S.T. English

Credits

Astrid Schau-Larsen & Julie Strand Offerdal

Awards & Festivals

Official Selection, Bergen International Film Festival, 2013
Official Selection, Bomlo Peace Festival, 2014

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In Production

An 'ethical' oil company operating in Alberta and their interactions with local native people in Canada.

Synopsis

THE GOOD NEIGHBOUR takes a closer look at the effect on the local people living in the area of the Canadian oil sands in Alberta. Through a young Norwegian woman’s eyes we get an insight into the complicated industry's navigations between the lack of governmental rules and regulations, and the violations of First Nation's human rights and their land-based constitutional rights. Statoil, a major oil company primarily owned by the Norwegian government (and thus the Norwegian people) has in recent years expanded its operations well beyond its borders and is now a major player in oil production in over 40 countries around the world.

The most controversial oil is the notorious oil sands in Northern Canada - the biggest energy project in the world. It's well established that the oil sands are an environmental disaster - however it is also a human rights disaster. The land belongs to several First Nation groups who are fighting against environmental damages and the right to say no to the increasing development ahead. Norway is the richest country in the world and according to the UN index the best place to live. Norway and thus Statoil promotes itself as a being at the forefront of developing industry that prioritizes equality, social justice and environmental responsibility.

How do they fulfill this commitment from the perspective of the First Nations in Canada? A young Norwegian woman Julie Strand Offerdal decides to get to the bottom of this issue by embarking upon an epic journey from Montreal to Fort McMurray in a truck that runs on used vegetable oil. 

 

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