Oil and Water Don't Mix in Cinema Politica Documentary

Ever wonder where the US gets most of its oil? If you thought it was Saudi Arabia or Iraq, H2OIL will show you that America’s biggest oil supplier is Canada’s oil sands.
Courtesy Loaded Pictures - Ever wonder where the US gets most of its oil? If you thought it was Saudi Arabia or Iraq, H2OIL will show you that America’s biggest oil supplier is Canada’s oil sands.

Cinema Politica Cape Cod and the Falmouth Climate Action Team join forces this weekend for a screening of H2Oil, a 2009 documentary highlighting the environmental destruction behind oil extraction from Canada’s tar sands.

The event is part of “the Greening of Falmouth,” a series of events put on this month by FCAT in collaboration with other community groups.

As the number-one source of oil for the United States, Canada’s tar sands are at the center of a mounting tension over two precious resources: oil and water.

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H2Oil

Shannon Walsh / CA / 2009 / 72 min / English

Friday, April 13 at 7:30 PM

Alchemy Farm,
237 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth

The public is invited to a community potluck in the Cape Cod Ark greenhouse at 6 PM.

Located under Alberta’s pristine boreal forests, the process of oil sands extraction uses up to four barrels of fresh water to produce only one barrel of crude oil. As the province rushes toward a large-scale extraction, the social, ecological and human impacts are hitting a crisis point.

Though the Keystone XL pipeline will not be installed on its originally proposed grand scale, the documentary shows the impacts of tar sands mining and the prospect 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 is a voyage of discovery, heartbreak and politicization as stakeholders attempt 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 this time.

Cinema Politica Cape Cod is a local chapter of a Montreal-based documentary film network. A suggested donation of $5 helps the organization pay for costs.

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