Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Together as part of the international documentary screening network Cinema Politica, Gallery 1C03 and the UWSA present the film Crude Sacrifice

WINNIPEG MB, November 2, 2011

Together as part of the international documentary screening network Cinema Politica, Gallery 1C03 and the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) present the film:

Crude Sacrifice
Directed by Lawrence Carota
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall
Tuesday, November 15, at 7:00 p.m.

Directed by award-winning film maker Lawrence Carota, Crude Sacrifice (Canada, 2011) was selected for presentation by The University of Winnipeg Aboriginal Students’ Council.

Crude Sacrifice
takes a look at how one northern community, Fort Chipewyan, is affected by the exploitation of Canada's rich Tar Sands development, and how Canada is dealing with their concerns. The health of the land and the people living near the world's largest construction project is discussed by leading scientists and the Aboriginal Peoples. Although this town is located near the earth's second largest fresh water delta, they can no longer drink the water, or eat the fish and other game food which sustained them for thousands of years.

From the film’s website:

Passionate and fiercely independent, [Carota] took his film camera to Alberta through all four seasons of the year to allow the audience to experience the cycles of nature first hand.. to go on the river banks, to stand next to the tailing ponds, to see the Tar Sands under development from the air in order to experience the size and scale of the project. He spent weeks living in the northern community of Fort Chipewyan where he got an intimate look at a warm but hurting community full of people trying to cope with losing their way of life. As a cinematographer, he attempted to capture the honesty and beauty of a people along with a way of life which is being destroyed before their eyes. His intention is to showcase the positive nature and spirit of defiance which has allowed them to survive sustainably on the land for thousands of years.

Please stay for discussion after the film, with guest facilitator to be announced.

For more information about Crude Sacrifice, visit:

For more information about the Cinema Politica network, please visit

All screenings will be open to all audiences – everyone is welcome. Admission is free, but donations to offset the costs of screening the film are welcome. Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall is located on the third floor of Centennial Hall at The University of Winnipeg.

Gallery 1C03 and the UWSA wish to thank Cinema Politica for making it possible for us to participate in this network. We are grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for generously supporting this initiative. We also wish to acknowledge the Council of Canadians for supporting this presentation of Crude Sacrifice.

Image: Scene from Crude Sacrifice by Lawrence Carota.

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