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

Web site: https://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/nanaimo/white-water-black-gold


“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