Category Archives: Cinema Politica

Jun 27 – White Water Black Gold

Cinema Politica Film Series (6)
#2 – White Water, Black Gold

Cinema Politica Nanaimo is hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary, “White Water, Black Gold” by David Lavallee at Vancouver Island University.  VIU Faculty Association, Vancouver Island Water Watch,  VIU Students for Social Change and Mid-Island Council of Canadians co-sponsor this film.

An audience discussion facilitated by two speakers Sheila Malcolmson, MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Torrance Coste of the Wilderness Committee will follow the film.

Venue: VIU, building 200, room 203
Date: Tuesday, June 27
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: free (by donation)
For information contact Bill Eadie:
250 758 0218

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“White Water, Black Gold” is an investigative point-of view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the Tarsands.

As a mountaineer and hiking guide, David is on the front lines of climate change. Over the past 15 years he has worked in the Columbia Icefields of the Canadian Rockies, and has noticed profound changes in the mountains: climate change is rendering these landscapes unrecognizable.

When David discovers that his province is ramping up growth in an extremely water intensive industry downstream of his beloved ice fields, he is surprised he knows so little about this industry. This necessitates a journey: from ice fields…to oilfields.

In the course of his journey he makes many discoveries: new science shows that water resources in an era of climate change will be increasingly scarce (putting this industry at risk); first nations people living downstream are contracting bizarre cancers; the upgrading of this oil threatens multiple river systems across Canada and the tailings ponds containing the waste by-products of the process threaten to befoul the third largest watershed in the world. Additionally, a planned pipeline across British Columbia brings fresh threats to BC Rivers and the Pacific Ocean.

“White Water, Black Gold” is a sober look at the untold costs (to water and people) associated with developing the second largest deposit of “oil” in the world.


Director: David Lavallée
Editor: Nancy Rosenblum
Cinematographer: Alan Bibby, Pat Morrow & Will Schmidt
Animator: Will Anielwicz
Sound Editor: Luke Martin
Soundtrack Composer: John Tucker-Havelock
Producer: David Lavallee
Narration: Peter Coyote




The Mid Island Chapter of the Council of Canadians and the Nanaimo Arts Council invite the community to join us for PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE: THE ART AND ACTIVISM OF CAROLE CONDÉ & KARL BEVERIDGE as part of Cinema Politica’s special screening series ARTDOX. This screening is free and open to the public. Donations welcome.

As the wealth divide and environmental crises grip public awareness, the world is finally catching up to the vision and ideas of two artist/activists who make work for social change. Inspired by their playful wit and visual innovations, PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE intimately captures Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge as they create provocative staged photographs about the environment, the rights of workers and the current global financial crisis.

“An absolute joy to watch” – Our Times

“Visually arresting” – Canadian Art

“Essential Viewing” – Toronto Star

Occupy Love – Film Review

by Diane Babcock

When Velcrow Ripper asked the question, “How can a crisis on the planet become a love story?”, he was amazed at the answer and you will be, too. Thank you all who attended this awesome showing and supported this global cause.

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Occupy Love takes a closer look at the relationship dynamic and reveals a pattern in the connection between crisis and love as an evolutionary process of the heart. It seems there is first a yearning and separation followed by a coming together, only this time it’s between humanity and nature.

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Troubled Water – Film Review

by Diane Babcock

Documentary film maker, Paul Manly uses the East Coast of Vancouver Island as a case study to examine the threats to public water systems and watersheds. Troubled Water has been well-received everywhere and Paul would like to thank all of you for its success.

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Troubled Water is a good example of what can happen when the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality becomes hazardous to your health. In this case it’s about life’s most precious resource: clean drinking water. Do you know where your drinking water comes from, how much there is, how pure it is and who controls it?

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OCCUPY LOVE screening

occupyloveThe Mid-Island chapter of the Council of Canadians invite the community to join us for a free screening of the highly-anticipated documentary OCCUPY LOVE. This is the closing film of our spring series of Cinema Politica documentaries, we’ll be back in the fall with more great films to share with you.

SCREENING LOCATION: Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo Campus, Building 356, Room 109
DATE & TIME: Tuesday April 30th, 7pm
FREE ADMISSION, donations accepted.

The evening will open with a special video message from director Velcrow Ripper. Our post-screening discussion will be lead by Fred Speck, Gwawaenuk Tribe & Idle No More activist.

Watch the OCCUPY LOVE trailer

Join acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light) on a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet, as he asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?”

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Salmon Confidential – Film Review

Many thanks to all of the people who came out Monday night to the screening of Salmon Confidential by filmmaker Twyla Roscovich and biologist Alexandra Morton.

Salmon Confidential – Film Review
by Diane Babcock


Watching Salmon Confidential was a stab to the heart of everything beautiful in nature.

The film maker’s enduring dedication and the relentless interference of government officials puts this film high on the list of extremes when it comes to concern for our precious resources.

It’s a film about a ‘keystone species’ in crisis, BC’s wild salmon, as one that supports an entire network of life in British Columbia.

It records the disappearance of our salmon and a high pre-spawn mortality rate so alarming it demanded urgent investigation. Even an eagle was captured looking back into the camera as if to ask, “Where’s my dinner?”

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SalmonConNanaimo Monday, April 15, 2013 Doors at 6:30 pm and film at 7:00Vancouver Island University Drama Theatre Building 310Sponsored by First Nations Studies Dept. VIU & the Mid Island Council of Canadians

Nanoose Friday, April 19, 2013 Doors at 6:30 pm and film at 7:00Nanoose Place Hall, 2925 North West Bay Rd.Sponsored by the Nanoose Streamkeepers

Both screenings will be followed by a discussion with biologist Alexandra Morton and filmmaker Twyla Roscovich

Salmon Confidential is a new film on the government cover up of what is killing BC’s wild salmon. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon.

The film provides surprising insight into the inner workings of government agencies, as well as rare footage of the bureaucrats tasked with managing our fish and the safety of our food supply.

We’ll see you at the movies!

Cinema Politica: BOTTLED LIFE screening

CPN Bottled Life flyerFree Screening Of BOTTLED LIFE: The Truth about Nestle’s Business With Water
Tuesday March 26th 7pm
Vancouver Island University Building 200 Room 203

Traversing the globe from Switzerland, to Nigeria, India and the United States BOTTLED LIFE is a journey into the global business of bottled water, revealing the schemes and strategies of the most powerful food and beverage company on the planet: the Nestlé Corporation.

This free documentary screening is presented by the Mid-Island Chapter of the Council of Canadians and Cinema Politica Nanaimo.

June Ross from the Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition will lead a facilitated discussion following the screening about local water issues, the successes that have been achieved in our municipality and the challenges that lie ahead for our city and region.

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