- Published on Friday, 01 June 2012 22:44
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The Peterborough International Film Festival Presented:
The Chicken and the Hedgefund
Director: Zach Ruiter
The Great Mega-Quarry Walk: “It is our responsibility to protect this water.”
From sidewalks to gravel streams, from pavement to farmland – a core group of 30 people led by aboriginal elders Danny Beaton, Dr. John Bacher, and Patricia Watts went on a five-day walk to protest the brewing current of upstream disaster: a proposed “mega-quarry” that if set in place will use toxic liquid explosives to blast the limestone filtering the headwaters of eight major rivers. Along the way the protesters were joined by many others.
Removing the stone will allow the Highlands Corporation to displace 600,000,000 litres of water per day. In response all sorts of people got together – from the aboriginal elders to youngsters to a World War II veteran – to make this crucial walk, explore uses and misuses of the land, and raise a call for action, breaking the notion that degrading mother earth cannot be stopped. “The spirits guided our every step toward realizing it is our spring.”
Zach Ruiter's video will soon be available in DVD.
To see the trailer, please go to: http://reframe.purpledog.ca/film/chicken-and-hedgefund/
More details to follow.