Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands

Peter Mettler. 2009. Canada. vo English. 43’

v English

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 is an extraordinary spectacle, the scope of which can only be understood from high 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.