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Crude Sacrifice

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“For us to maintain our way of living, we must tell lies to each other. Without these lies, deplorable acts would become impossibilities.” These words from population ecologist Dr. William Rees introduce Crude Sacrifice, a film that takes an in-depth look at how one northern Alberta community is affected by the exploitation of Canada's Tar Sands, and how Canada and the province of Alberta are dealing with their concerns. The health of the land, wildlife, water and residents near the world’s largest construction project are discussed in-depth by leading scientists and those directly affected by the development. Community leaders talk about how this project has affected the way of life of Aboriginal people in Fort Chipewyan. Although this town is located near the earth's second largest freshwater delta, locals can no longer drink the water or eat the fish and game that have sustained them for thousands of years. Community doctor John O'Connor speaks of alarming cancer rates, 30 percent higher than normal. This feature-length documentary takes the audience beyond oil prices, greenhouse gases and the environment to another issue that affects us all: the state of our democracy.

2010, 41 min 02 s

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