Planet in Focus: Spoil [2011, Trip Jennings and Andy Maser]

Spoil is a 45 minute plead for you, the viewer, to help the many environmentalist and residents of the Great Bear Rainforest in the fight to ban oil tankers from entering the area. With pristine wild life and postcard worthy scenary, this little stretch of land north of Vancouver is truly one of the last untouched ocean meets forest spots in Canada. The documentary highlights the struggles of First Nation people and environmentalists as they attempt to bring attention to the looming threat of having oil tankers enter this area as part of a pipeline project. Having seen the damage done by the Exxon Valdez (and other) oil spills, it’s not hard to figure out why.

The area itself is rich with wildlife – wolves, deers, eagles, salmon and various other animals take up refuge here (including the infamous salmon breeding grounds). One animal has taken the mantle as the defacto symbol of the forest, and that is the Spirit bear. Essentially a black bear with a recessive gene that effects the coloration of it’s fur, the spirit bear is a black bear with white fur (ala Michael Jackson in bear form). Native to only this region, the bear is seen as a spiritual creature for the people in the area and an extremely rare sighting. As the documentary moves along, we get some stunning images of other creatures in the hunt for the bear. I won’t spoil the ending.

Spoil is a visual pleasing straight forward activist documentary. While the talking heads and the new age music might not necessarily engage you, the film is really about drawing attention to the efforts to ban oil in the area and with such solid images provided throughout the film, I would say it has done so.

Screening
Oct 16 2011 – 4:00 PM
at the ROM

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