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Water vs. Industry — One Step Forward, Two Steps Back — FREE Screening & Discussion

  • OISE Auditorium 252 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Canada (map)

Do you like flowers or gardening? Do you eat rice? These films will change how you look at such very ordinary things.

Revive Our Rivers
INDIA | 2017 | 2 min 

For Our Peat's Sake
Toronto Premiere | CANADA | 2017 | 35 min

Arsenic: The Creeping Killer
North American Premiere | GERMANY | 2016 | 29 min

A Crude Injustice
Canadian Premiere | AUSTRALIA| 2017 | 26.5 min


This event is co-hosted by the ONTARIO WATER WORKS ASSOCIATION, University of Toronto Student Chapter.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

OISE AUDITORIUM, ground floor, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (map)

  Emcee : Dr. Stephen Scharper, Associate Professor, U of T

Emcee: Dr. Stephen Scharper,
Associate Professor, U of T

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Revive Our Rivers
INDIA | 2017 | 2 min

Filmmaker: Abhishek Jain

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Natural resources like rivers, forests and mountains have sustained human life for centuries. Yet, they are at the disposal of humans too. We extract what we want from them to the fullest, but we treat the very source of the energy we thrive on with utter disdain. In India, rivers are considered to be holy. Ironically, we dump our sewage in these very rivers. We take no effort to protect and preserve them. We take them for granted.

 


For Our Peat's Sake
Toronto Premiere | CANADA | 2017 | 35 min

Filmmaker: Thayer MacInnis

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FOR OUR PEAT'S SAKE is an examination of the economic benefits and ecological impacts that are incurred through the production and use of ancient reserves of peat mosses. The 35 minute documentary film focuses on the Lake Winnipeg watershed region, where desperate Canadians and First Nations peoples are fighting for the protection of water, as nutrient runoff, flooding, and extreme weather has resulted in suffocating lakes and toxically undermined water sources.


Arsenic: The Creeping Killer
North American Premiere | GERMANY | 2016 | 29 min

Filmmaker: Andreas Ewels

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You cannot see it, you cannot smell it, you cannot taste it. Nevertheless, arsenic in drinking water kills hundreds of thousands of people every year. This film draws attention to an important problem but also offers a solution - especially for the poorest of the poor. They also have a right to enjoy pure, clean drinking water.


A Crude Injustice
Canadian Premiere | AUSTRALIA| 2017 | 26.5 min

Filmmaker: Jane Hammond

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On August 21, 2009 a blowout in the Montara oilfield, off the West Australian coast, caused millions of litres of crude oil to spew into the Timor Sea. The oil continued to pour into the ocean for more than 70 days creating a massive slick that covered an estimated 90,000 square kilometres. Across the sea in West Timor unaware of the unfolding disaster seaweed farmers started to notice strange changes in their crops. Within a few weeks their seaweed industry had been destroyed and their fish stocks had crashed. But the polluting company, PTTEP AA, denied any responsibility for the impacts of the spill on the people of West Timor and claimed the oil had never made landfall. Eight years on the people of West Timor who rely on the ocean for their livelihoods are still waiting for justice. They now suffer strange skin infections after contact with the sea. A CRUDE INJUSTICE is their story.