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Land of Oil and Water DVD

Land of Oil and Water DVD

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by Warren Cariou and Neil McArthur
Canada | 2009 | documentary | colour | 60 minutes total

Land of Oil and Water - 45 minutes
Overburden - 15 minutes

Land of Oil and Water

Underneath the woods and wetlands of northwestern Canada lie roughly two trillion barrels of oil, fifteen percent of the world's known reserves and six times more than what's left in Saudi Arabia. This documentary film follows the journey of Warren Cariou, a writer from northern Saskatchewan, who learns that the oil companies from Alberta are expanding into his homeland.

Warren returns home, to the Cree and Dene community of La Loche and to the nearby Métis village of Buffalo Narrows, to talk to people about what they hope the development will bring, and about their fears. He then travels across the border to Alberta and speaks to the people there who have lived with the oil sands development for more than thirty years.

The Alberta oilfields are also the homeland of two small aboriginal communities, Fort Mackay and Fort Chipewyan, which lie along the Athabasca River. Warren learns of their struggle to preserve their traditional way of life in the midst of the largest and most destructive oil recovery operation the world has ever known.

This sensitive and nuanced documentary gives voice to the people who are most directly affected by the development that is driving Canada’s new role in the global economy. It is a story of change, of struggle, and of cultural persistence. Fundamentally it is about the different ways in which people value the land.


Land of Oil and Water is matched by this shorter film (15 minutes) which focuses solely on the Alberta Aboriginal communities of Fort Mackay and Fort Chipewyan. It was an official selection at festivals including the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival.

About the Filmmakers

Warren Cariou teaches Aboriginal literature at the University of Manitoba where he is Canada Research Chair in Narrative, Community and Indigenous Cultures

Neil McArthur is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Manitoba and Associate Director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics.

What is Home use?

The Home Use DVD is meant for private, home viewing only for individuals, including home schooling for up to 8 people. This DVD is not meant to be screened in front of a large group in a workshop, classroom or community setting. Please see the other use types if you wish to screen it publicly.

Any form of copying or altering of the format purchased is not permitted.

Thank you for supporting independent filmmakers and respecting their rights for proper compensation for their work. We return 70% of revenues to the artists.

What is Community use?

This DVD is designed for non-profit and small community groups wishing to screen the film for free in an educational setting to groups of 50 people maximum.

Please contact us if you are screening to a larger audience or want to charge admission.

Thank you for respecting the independent artists who made this film.

What is Single Site use?

This use includes K-12 and Public Libraries.

This DVD is priced to accommodate library borrowing and educational screenings within a single library, school, small office, or hospital.

Circulating outside the organization, institution, or office or to donate programs to other organizations or institutions are not included or permitted under this sale except for home borrowing at public libraries. Any form of copying or altering of the format purchased is not permitted.

Thank you for respecting the independent artists who made this film.

PUBLIC LIBRARIES – Please enquire about discounts for multiple copies purchased for branch libraries.

SCHOOL BOARDS – please purchase the Institutional DVD.

What is Institutional use?

This DVD is priced in accordance with how many people could potentially watch it. At a large university or school board the potential of hundreds to thousands of viewers dictates this price. For library and instructional use in a workshop or classroom setting at a university or school board.

Circulation to multiple departments, institutions or offices within a jurisdiction such as schools within a school district or offices within a company is permitted. Any form of copying or altering of the format purchased is not permitted. Please contact us for streaming enquiries.

Thank you for respecting the independent artists who made this film.

For more information or if you have any questions or special requests please contact the Distribution Director, Jillian Groening:
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