Exciting Spring 2010 Schedule: H2Oil (February 24) and Tapped (March 10)

This post published on January 14, 2010

Happy New Year!

2010 is already shaping up to be a great year and we are very excited to announce our Spring 2010 schedule, featuring 2 Victoria premieres of powerful and poignant films on topical issues.

On Wednesday February 24th, we’ll be screening the Victoria premiere of the Montreal made film H2Oil, which takes a sobering look at the Alberta tar sands and featuring post-discussion guests from Dogwood Initiative and Beaver Lake Cree legal action, and more. See below for more info.

And on Wednesday March 10th, OPEN CINEMA will partner with the Greater Victoria Water Watch Coalition to bring you the Victoria premiere of the excellent film TAPPED (USA, 2009), which is an excellent film about the kaleidoscope of issues associated with bottled water.

Stay tuned for details of a great film and an exciting new collaboration for our April event!

All events take place at the wonderful Victoria Event Centre, with door prizes, cash bar, food concession and great conversation. Admission by donation.

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See you at the movies!

7pm February 24th, 2010



Sponsored by Dogwood Initiative

Ever wonder where American gets most of its oil? If you thought it was Saudi Arabia or Iraq you are wrong. Americas biggest oil supplier has quickly become Canadas 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.

With hope and courage H2Oil tells the story of one of the most significant, and destructive projects of our time. (Canada 2009)

For trailer and more info visit: www.h2oildoc.com

Stay tuned for post-screening discussion guests!


7pm March 10th 2010


Tapped (USA 2009)

Sponsored by Greater Victoria Water Watch Coalition


Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the publics right to water.

For trailer and more information visit www.tappedthemovie.com



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