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The Peel Project + Xelaltxw + Downstream + Mining the Mother Lode
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Toronto, ON
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The Peel Project ; (CAN, 2016) (67 minutes)
Toronto Premiere

Six Artists paddle into the Arctic - A story of Art, Adventure and Canadian Wilderness. In jeopardy of development, The Peel Project highlights the landscape, culture and wildlife of the Peel River Watershed, one of the last intact river systems left in North America.

Xealtxw ; (CAN, 2016) (7 minutes)
World Premiere

The Xelaltxw (aka Halalt) First Nation is fighting a corporate giant, a pulp mill that has destroyed their estuary and prime shell fish feeding grounds on the coast of BC. Can their law suit hold this company to account?  Xelaltxw is a David and Goliath story of a small indigenous community standing up to a pulp mill that has desecrated their fishing grounds.

Downstream (CAN, 2016) (6 minutes)
World Premiere

Huge mine tailings dams  like the one that burst at the Mount Polley Mine in 2014  pose a serious risk to the health of British Columbia's most important salmon watershed; the Fraser River. These massive dams are holding back increasing amounts of mine waste mixed with water, and some mines are even permitted to release effluent directly into waterways.  The health of the region's people and world famous salmon runs are at stake. It's time to ban risky tailings ponds and clean up BC's mining industry.

Mining the Mother Lode ; (USA, 2016) (8.5 minutes)
Canadian Premiere

Combining epic western landscapes with poetry recitation, Mining the Mother Lode is an agrarian lament on wasted resources, our culture of consumption, and brokers who trade on our most precious resource: water.

And, at the reception following the screening:
River presents a unique perspective on the exquisite beauty that is present in infinite abundance when one focuses attention on the intimate motions of river water and the animated reflections and refractions of sunlight and sky. Image sequences of the river and the interplay of river motion and the changing patterns of light on the water are merged into a playful choreography with the music score. What culminates is to marvel at the natural splendor of distinctively subtle but profound impressions of a river. This work is both documentary and art and meant to elicit gratitude and reverence for rivers and other water entities.
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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (View)
506 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1Y3


Film > Festivals

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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