From Papua New Guinea’s rainforests to Canada’s tar sands, this film exposes industrial threats to native peoples’ health, livelihood and cultural survival. In Papua New Guinea, a Chinese government-owned nickel mine has violently relocated villagers to a taboo sacred mountain, built a new pipeline and refinery on contested clan land and is dumping mining waste into the sea. In Alberta, First Nations people suffer from rare cancers as their traditional hunting grounds are strip-mined to unearth the world’s third-largest oil reserve. Indigenous people tell their own stories—and confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption.

Profit and Loss

2013 US 57 min
Festival Year: 2014
Types: Documentary
Topic: Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Sustainable Living