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Silver, Gold, Uranium – At What Cost?
October 23, 2014
Join Reel Causes and the Wilderness Committee for the Canadian premiere of the award-winning documentary, Uranium Drive-In. With the recent Mount Polley mine disaster, Reel Causes is centering our October event around a conversation exploring human and environmental issues of mining and resource extraction.
Uranium Drive-In’s stunning cinematography and compelling story-telling reveal the difficult realities that the mining industry presents for rural communities. It introduces us to the people counting on a proposed uranium mill to escape poverty, and the project’s opponents who are concerned about its far-reaching impacts on health and habitat. Uranium Drive-In puts human portraits at the heart of the complex issues of jobs and the environment and has us asking – Silver, Gold, Uranium… At what cost?
We’re excited to have Wilderness Committee Director Joe Foy on hand to speak about the local environmental and community impacts of resource extraction and mining. The conversation will continue after the film with Uranium Drive-In’s director, Suzan Beraza, joining us for a Q & A by Skype.
We will also be presenting the winning video in our Reel Change Video Contestin support of Homelessness Action Week. Join us for another great night of film, conversation and community participation!
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October 23, 2014,
Doors: 6:30 pm, Show Time: 7:00 pm
Running time: 70 minutes
More than 100 km from the nearest traffic light is the town of Naturita, Colorado – population 519. For decades the town’s economy boomed, boosted – and dominated by – the local uranium mine. Now 30 years after the mine’s closure, businesses are boarded up, formerly vibrant community landmarks are rusted over, and unemployment is rampant.
When a Canadian mining company brings plans to build a new uranium mill in the area, most Naturita residents welcome the prospect of renewed prosperity. At the same time, critics of the project argue that the environmental and health risks associated with uranium mining will further damage the town, the stunning wilderness in which it’s situated, and communities as far away as California and Arizona.
This story is one that is imprinted on rural communities across North America – and around the world. Through the lives of its characters, Uranium Drive-In explores the questions faced by residents in every community where resource industries offer both jobs and environmental consequences: how best to protect and preserve one’s home, and at what cost?
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The Wilderness Comittee
The Wilderness Committee is Canada’s largest membership-based, citizen-funded wilderness preservation organization, with over 60,000 members and supporters from coast to coast to coast. Founded in 1980, the organization has helped to create dozens of parks and protect over 55 major wilderness areas, including millions of hectares of wildlife habitat and some of the last remaining tracts of old-growth temperate rainforest in Canada.
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Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. We host film screenings followed by a Q&A session to educate and inspire our community, and provide a forum for authentic conversation around the issues that affect us locally.