Departing the arctic capital of Yellowknife with 40 days of food loaded into their canoe, Frank Wolf and Taku Hokoyama strike out on a 2,000 km journey through the largest wilderness area in North America. The region contains one of the highest concentrations of land mammals on earth and the pair encounter arctic wolves, the caribou migration, musk ox and- most importantly- make the first ever recording of a rare and elusive creature not previously thought to exist in northern Canada. With a sense of humour and purpose, they track down politicians, First Nation chiefs, elders and others living in the few communities that frame the wilderness in order to present a clear picture of the area and the issues that face the land and its people.
From the makers of last year's hit climate change documentary, The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning, comes this new feature film reporting on the latest climate change discoveries being made at both ends of the earth - The Arctic and Antarctica.
Sought by explorers for centuries as a possible trade route, Canada’s Northwest Passage was first navigated by Norwegian Roald Amundsen in 1903–1906, a true polar explorer - he was the first man to reach the South Pole as well.
Until 2009, the Arctic pack ice prevented regular marine passage throughout most of the year, but climate change has reduced this ice, making the waterways more navigable.
Al Gore's Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth has done a lot to raise the international awareness of the environmental issue of global warming. But where do things stand today? The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning is a one-hour documentary that will go to the source of the climate change crisis: Antarctica. Here we explore first-hand the environmental challenges facing that frozen continent and, by extension, the world. This documentary features interviews from polar experts and research scientists around the world as well as rare HD footage of breathtaking landscapes and Antarctic wildlife including penguins in their hatching season. One of the highlights of the film will be an interview with Alexandra Shackleton, granddaughter of the legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton whose courageous expedition to cross Antarctica from sea to sea in 1914 to 1917, blazed a trail for all of mankind today. Among the recent discoveries the world's scientific community has made here this year is the new phenomenon of suicide among penguins. Never-before-seen footage of a penguin marching off alone to his death is featured. Other discoveries include the imminent rise of the world's sea level due to ice melting and amazing footage of new vegetation growing in the world's largest desert. It is the mandate of this documentary to bring to light the theories and statistics first brought to the publics attention in An Inconvenient Truth with hands-on exploration of the continent, its wildlife and the brave men and women who have given up the comforts of civilization in order to save it. This is The Antarctica Challenge</p>
Arctic anthropologist Niobe Thompson takes a journey across the North and a millennium back in time, tracing the origins of the modern Inuit in an extraordinary Arctic Odyssey from Siberia to Greenland. What he discovers along the way overturns our stereotypes of the “peaceful Eskimo” and sheds new light on the first meeting of Asiatic and European settlers in the New World.
Tar Sands: The Selling of Alberta captures the intersecting storylines of a remarkable cast of characters eager to cash in on the oil boom in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Washington lobbyists, Newfie pipefitters, Chinese investors and Norwegian industrialists descend on tar-soaked “Fort McMoney”, a modern-day Eldorado, where rents are sky- rocketing and cocaine abuse is four times the provincial average. Up for grabs - a stake in a $100 billion energy bonanza and Canada’s economic sovereignty.
This one-hour documentary, commissioned by the CBC, tracks the growth of the world’s largest reserve of ‘unconventional’ oil. A Florida-sized “environmental sacrifice zone” has become Canada’s contribution to U.S. energy security in the post-9/11 world. But for many, the Tar Sands are a global warming disaster.
As Fort McMurray bursts at the seams, children from Thunder Bay to Cape Breton are made tar-sands orphans by their migrant-worker parents. Canada’s petrodollar breaks the back of the manufacturing economy in the East. Cancer rates skyrocket downstream of Fort McMurray while Rocky Mountain glaciers melt and disappear. And all the while, Alberta crude goes south to US markets while Eastern Canada pays ever more for insecure Middle East oil.
In an isolated region of the north, Canada’s future is being carved out of the forest at a breakneck pace. Tar Sands: The Selling of Alberta questions how much Canada is willing to sacrifice for a stake in this century’s greatest energy bonanza.
Tar Sands features interviews with stake-holders from all sides including former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed (1971-1985); journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk; General (retired) Charles Wald, Former Deputy Commander, USAF; oil broker Paul Michael Wihbey, President of the U.S. company GWEST Consulting; Jeff Wiscombe, welder from Newfoundland and Stig Bergseth, Senior VP, STATOIL, Norway’s largest company.