Planet in Focus & The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema: Peace Out
Planet in Focus is co-presenting ‘Peace Out’, screening July 20-23 at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
80 minutes — G, Charles Wilkinson, 2011
Distributed by Indiecan Entertainment Inc.
WINNER—Special Jury Prize—Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2012
“Admirably even-handed…concisely structured and free of alarmist rhetoric.” – The Grid
The past decade has seen an increasing appetite for environmental documentaries. An Inconvenient Truth, Gasland and Manufactured Landscapes represent a cinematic shift in how audiences view nature and their place in it. As energy exploration, excavation and export remain Canada’s economic backbone, contradictions and debates abound on the risks and rewards of development. Director Charles Wilkinson asks a sensible question: What price are we willing to pay for our consumption? And he seeks a comprehensive answer that involves all sides of four major energy projects on the Peace River that will forever alter the landscape of Northwestern Canada. Hydroelectric damming, natural gas fracturing, nuclear reactors and the oil sands present diverse perils and benefits. What is the best path? Peace Out skillfully avoids polemical experts and activists, giving voice to those dedicated to research and reason, making this a vital film amidst the cacophony of opinions polluting headlines. Alex Rogalski, Hot Docs