Petropolis - Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands

Petropolis - Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
43 minutes, colour, HDCAM SR, Colour, Dolby 5.1, 2009. 
Available on iTunes and Netflix.

Shot primarily from a helicopter, filmmaker Peter Mettler's "Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands" offers an unparalleled view of the world's largest industrial, capital and energy project.

Canada's tar sands are an oil reserve the size of England. Extracting the crude oil called bitumen from underneath unspoiled wilderness requires a massive industrialized effort with far-reaching impacts on the land, air, water, and climate.

It's an extraordinary spectacle, whose scope can only be understood from far above. In a hypnotic flight of image and sound, one machine's perspective upon the choreography of others, suggests a dehumanized world where petroleum's power is supreme.

PETROPOLIS accompanies Neil Young Honor the Treaties Tour, a four concert tour that aims to raise environmental awareness and money for First Nations people affected by the rapidly expanding Alberta oilsands development. 
"It is the most devastating thing you will ever see." - Neil Young

Watch Honor the Treaties: Neil Young's 'Mother Earth' Video Exclusive on The Huffington Post
Now Magazine Interview with Peter Mettler

Watch the condensed 15 minute version of Petropolis that accompanies the tour:

Prix du jury du jeune public de
la Société des Hôteliers de la Côte
Visions du Réel (2009)
Nyon, Switzerland

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