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Shannon Walsh / Canada / 2009 / 72 ' / English


Shannon Walsh
Sergeo Kirby, Sarah Spring, Candice Soave & Noelle Sobara
Production Manager: Laurel Sprengelmeyer
Research: Shannon Walsh, Holly Dressel, Laurel Sprengelmeyer, Tim Groves, Catherine McCandless, Amy Miller, Tim McSorley
Consultants: Peter Wintonick, Sylvie Krasker

Awards & Festivals

HOT DOCS May 2009 Toronto, ON
Durban Intl Film Festival July 2009 Durban, South Africa
Sept 12th: Climate Change is Coming to Town Film Festival
Sept 12th 2009 Toronto, ON Cinefest International Film Festival
September 21 2009 Atlantic International Film Festival
Sept 18-26 2009 Halifax, NS
Sept 25, 9:30PM Park Lane 4 Calgary International Film Festival
Sept 25-Oct 4 Calgary, AB
Saturday October 3, Cineplex Eau Claire @ 2:00 PM Edmonton International Film Festival
Sept 25-Oct 3 2009 Edmonton, AB
Sept 26, Saturday Oct 1st Vancouver International Film Festival
Oct 1-Oct 16 2009 Vancouver, BC
Rome International Film Festival Oct 15- 23 2009 Rome, Italy
Oct 21-28 2009 Bergen, Norway
Arnolfini Gallery 10/25/2009 Bristol, UK As part of Carbon Trade Watch Occupation

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If you see one documentary on the Alberta tar sands, make sure it's this one.


Ever wonder where American gets most of its oil? If you thought it was Saudi Arabia or Iraq you are wrong. America’s biggest oil supplier has quickly become Canada’s oil sands.

Located under Alberta’s pristine boreal forests, the process of oil sands extraction uses up to 4 barrels of fresh water to produce only one barrel of crude oil. It goes without saying that water — its depletion, exploitation, privatization and contamination — has become the most important issue to face humanity in this century. At the same time, the war for oil is well underway across the globe. A struggle is increasingly being fought between water and oil, not only over them. Alberta’s oil sands are at the centre of this tension. As the province rushes towards a large-scale extraction, the social, ecological and human impacts are hitting a crisis point. In only a few short years the continent will be a crisscross of pipelines, reaching from the arctic all the way to the southern US, leaving toxic water basins the size of Lake Ontario, and surface-mines as large as Florida.

H2Oil follows a voyage of discovery, heartbreak and politicization in the stories of those attempting to defend water in Alberta against tar sands expansion. Unlikely alliances are built and lives are changed as they come up against the largest industrial project in human history. Ultimately we ask what is more important, oil or water? And what will be our response? With hope and courage H2Oil tells the story of one of the most significant, and destructive projects of our time.


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