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White Water, Black Gold - A Nation’s Water in Peril (French Version)

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Catalogue Number:  WGP001FR
Producer:  White Gold Productions
Subject:  Canadian Social Issues, Documentary, Environmental Studies, Science, Social Issues, Social Sciences
Language:  French
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2011
Running Time:  65
Closed Captions:  Yes

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White Water, Black Gold is an investigative point-of view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the Tarsands. As a mountaineer and hiking guide, David is on the front lines of climate change. Over the past 15 years he has worked in the Columbia Icefields of the Canadian Rockies, and has noticed profound changes in the mountains: climate change is rendering these landscapes unrecognizable.

In the course of his journey he makes many discoveries: new science shows that water resources in an era of climate change will be increasingly scarce (putting this industry at risk); Indigenous people living downstream are contracting bizarre cancers; the upgrading of this oil threatens multiple river systems across Canada and the tailings ponds containing the waste by-products of the process threaten to befoul the third largest watershed in the world. Additionally, a planned pipeline across British Columbia brings fresh threats to BC Rivers and the Pacific Ocean.

*** Please click here for the English version of this program. ***


WINNER: Best Canadian Film – Vancouver Int’l Film Festival

“Highly Recommended. - Educational Media Reviews Online

“Eye-opening.” – Booklist

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