[Sust-mar] The Refugees of the Blue Planet
c.majka at ns.sympatico.ca
Wed Sep 13 11:24:17 EDT 2006
The Refugees of the Blue Planet is a documentary film from the NFB
that will receive its world premiere screening this coming Saturday,
September 16 at 12:05 pm at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax.
Its subject matter may be of interest to many on the sust-mar list.
Further information on the film is below.
The Refugees of the Blue Planet
The Refugees of the Blue Planet is an aptly-named documentary.
Natural disasters have become increasingly prevalent over the past
ten years, leaving scenes of devastation in their wake. Yet
industrialized countries either continue to question the viability of
measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions or refuse to
adopt such measures and revise their economic development policies.
The Refugees of the Blue Planet sheds light on the little-known
plight of a category of individuals who are suffering the
repercussions of this reality: environmental refugees.
Each year, millions of people the world over are driven to forced
displacement. These refugees, who often have no legal status, have
seen their right to a clean and sustainable environment violated. The
enormous pressure placed on rural populations as a result of the
degradation of their life-supporting environment is driving them
increasingly further from their way of life. In this respect, the
film is an invaluable documentation of the disappearance of an
occupation rooted in the intimate relationship between humans and
their environment. From the Maldives to Brazil, and even closer to
home, here in Canada, the disturbing accounts of people who have been
uprooted are amazingly similar. Rage, powerlessness, injustice and
betrayal - feelings they all share - are superbly brought to the
screen by filmmakers Hélène Choquette and Jean-Philippe Duval.
The Refugees of the Blue Planet is a hard-hitting documentary that
brings us to the heart of major issues confronting humanity It raises
the crucial question of responsibility, not only where Western
governments are concerned, but also with respect to each and every
one of us as citizens and consumers. It compels us to rethink the
concepts of progress and growth out of respect for the lifestyles of
millions of people who are dependant on the health of the soil, air,
The Refugees of the Blue Planet will premiere at the Atlantic Film
Festival on Saturday, September 16, 12:05 p.m. (5 minutes after noon)
at the Park Lane 4 cinema in Halifax.
The Refugees of the Blue Planet is directed by Jean-Philippe Duval
and Hélène Choquette and produced by Monique Simard, Marcel Simard
(Productions Virage), Luc Martin-Gousset (Point du jour), and Yves
Bisaillon (National Film Board).
For further information contact Christopher Majka at (902) 425-3725
or <c.majka at ns.sympatico.ca>.
Publicity: National Film Board of Canada
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
(902) 425-3725 <c.majka at ns.sympatico.ca>
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