“They’re using the water to fracture the bones of mother earth.” – First Nations lawyer Caleb Behn
An Invite to All of Us from the Council of Canadians’ South Niagara Chapter and Cinema Politica Brock
Posted March 17th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
Niagara, Ontario – “Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with,” says renowned climate activist Bill McKibben describing Caleb Behn, a young First Nations warrior and lawyer and the charismatic subject of the film Fractured Land.
Tuesday, March 22, is World Water Day. To emphasize the many threats to our water, the Council of Canadians South Niagara Chapter and Cinema Politica Brock are co-hosting a free screening of this powerful new documentary, at 8 p.m., at the Niagara Arts Centre, 354 St. Paul Street East, St. Catharines, Ontario.
Fractured Land tells the story of Behn, who is Eh Cho Dene and Dunne-Za from Treaty 8 Territory, and his struggle in defending his territory at the epicenter of some of the most destructive fracking operations on earth.
He navigates the conflicts on his physical terrain – where fracking is taking its toll on his land and water in northeastern B.C. – and the conflicts within himself as he struggles to reconcile his traditions with the modern world.
Filmmakers over four years follow Behn through the bush with his rifle, into the law library, across the globe to New Zealand where he consults the Maori, and to the Sacred Headwaters of the Tahitian people, who recently forced Shell Oil to halt its plans for a massive fracking operation in their territory.
The multi-award winning Fractured Land was named Best Canadian Documentary at the 2016 Available Light Film Festival in the Yukon; Top Ten Audience Choice at the 2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto; Best BC Film and the VIFF Impact Canadian Audience Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Toronto Film Scene called it “probably the most vital Canadian film at this year’s festival.”
The film is a must-see with the stunning camera work of the ruggedly beautiful British Columbia interior; it will open up a much-needed dialogue about the past and future of our country.
Fractured Land is an epic tale for an epic time.
AND — after the main feature, 0-FRACTURED LAND, we’ll be showing a new short documentary, LAST STAND FOR LELU ISLAND.
Here’s some info on that film:
A great injustice is being done on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, B.C., the sacred and traditional territory of the Lax Kw’alaams people for over 10,000 years. The B.C. provincial government is trying to green light the construction of a massive liquefied fracked gas (LNG) terminal on the island – Pacific Northwest LNG, backed by Malaysian energy giant Petronas, without consent.
The Lax Kw’alaams are the keepers of Lelu Island and its connected Flora Bank, a massive sand bar that is part of the Skeena River estuary and known by fisheries biologists as some of the most important salmon habitat in Canada. The project would devastate the Skeena River, the natural wildlife and countless communities in the path of the LNG pipeline that will feed the terminal with fracked gas from Northeastern B.C.
The Lax Kw’alaams voted unanimously against the project and became legendary when they rejected a $1.15 billion dollar deal from Petronas in an attempt by the company to gain consent. Ignoring the voice of the Lax Kw’alaams, Petronas, with full backing of the Provincial Government have illegally begun drilling into Flora Bank where they now face off against warriors of the Lax Kw’alaams who have occupied the island since August 2015.
For more information contact Fiona McMurran at 905-788-0756 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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