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Peace Out: Energy Costs

Charles Wilkinson / Canada / 2011 / 80 ' / English


Charles Wilkinson & Tina Schliessler
Charles Wilkinson
Tina Schliessler

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Awards & Festivals

Winner, Audience Choice Best Documentary, Available Light Film Festival 2012
Winner, Most Popular Canadian Documentary, Vancouver International Film Festival 2011
Official Selection, Global Visions Film Festival 2012
Winner, Special Jury Prize - Canadian Feature, Hot Docs, Toronto, 2012
Official Selection, Available Light Film Festival, Whitehorse, Yukon

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On the top left corner of North America an energy bonanza of unimaginable proportions is taking place – far away from the eyes of the world.


In Canada's vast Peace River region the mega-projects include a major new dam, tens of thousands of hydro-fracked shale gas wells,  a nuclear power plant, and the Tar Sands. 

On the positive side of the ledger, countless jobs are being created, resource revenues are pouring in, schools and hospitals are staying open.  Alternatively, there are credible charges that multi-national corporations are despoiling an area the size of Florida, converting public assets into private fortunes and leaving a wake of Mordor-like destruction.  Who to believe?

In Peace Out, filmmaker Charles Wilkinson (Down Here, Max), assembles a brilliant cast of specialists who are credible, reasonable, occasionally irreverent, but always extraordinarily well informed on the subject. 

The film resists pointing a finger at the usual suspects.  Instead it probes the deeper causes underlying the symptoms of environmental exploitation.
Audiences have described Peace Out as “beautiful, inspiring, frightening, reflective, shocking, provocative, and undeniably real.”  Above all, it’s a deeply heartfelt account of what's really going on up North and how our choices down South are making it so.


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