Film Screening: Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
Shot primarily from a helicopter, filmmaker Peter Mettler’s Petropolis offers an unparalleled view of the world’s largest industrial, capital, and energy project. Canada’s tar sands are an oil reserve the size of England. Extracting the crude oil, called bitumen, from underneath unspoiled wilderness requires a massive industrialized effort with far-reaching impacts on the land, air, water, and climate.
Dir. Peter Mettler, 2009, 43 mins