Synopsis: Moving between a local microcosm and the global oil crisis, H2Oil weaves together a collection of compelling stories of people who are at the front lines of the biggest industrial project in human history: Canada's tar sands. H2Oil is a feature-length documentary that traces the wavering balance between the urgent need to protect and preserve fresh water resources and the mad clamoring to fill the global demand for oil. It is a film that asks: what is more important, water or oil? Will the quest for profit overshadow efforts to protect public health and the environment in Canada's richest province?
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Shannon Walsh, Alan Kohl (co-director)
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76 min

I'm staying at home, working 8 Hours,

I'm going to Edmonton with her.

My cancer did bother

me for a long time.

I thought, my God,

I have cancer!

Shit, Cancer! I was just 17.

I am a good person.

I did not deserve to have

cancer is 17 years old,

be told that I can not have children.

You know?

I can not say

it's because of the water or air

or vegetables that grow here.

My mother has a vegetable garden

behind the house.

I can not say

it's because of that,

but something tells me that yes,

it is.

It began to dawn on me

that something was wrong.

But we are on the ground here

and sometimes

you can't the wood for the trees.

So we're going

to get cases of

colon cancer,

prostate, lung.

Then we had some...


related issues in

the form of leukemia.


There were three cases in 1200.

According to statistics,

it should be 1 in 100 000.

When we realize

what the community

is exposed to

from the south and east of here

and there is a direct correlation

between these chemicals

and the types of

cancers that exist here.

My gut feeling says,

there has to be a link

between industry

and what is happening here.

Since the invasion of Iraq,

or the price of oil


the leading provider

Oil U.S.

is not Saudi Arabia,

or Mexico.

This is Canada.

It is clear that the war in Iraq

creates winners and losers.

If there had not been

a war in Iraq

there would not have been

a massive boom.in Alberta.

by the oil sands industry

is released into huge

artificial lagoons.

One of these ponds

covers 16 km square.

According to scientists,

a significant breach

may cause

ecological disaster

than the oil spill of the Exxon Valdez.

Settling ponds

contain a mixture

of contaminated water

by processing bitumen.

It may well contain

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Shannon Walsh

Shannon Walsh is a Canadian filmmaker, writer and scholar. She has directed three feature documentaries H2Oil (2009), À St-Henri, le 26 août (2011) and Jeppe on a Friday (2013).Walsh, who was born in London, Ontario, Canada, is also an academic, and teaches film production at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Theatre and Film. She is the editor, along with Jon Soske, of Ties that Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa published in 2016. more…

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