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The Great Lakes are changing, and something's not quite right about the water


  • 7pm, Wednesday, November 24
  • Room 216, Young building, Lansdowne campus

Everyone welcome; admission is by donation.

Waterlife follows the epic cascade of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, telling the story of the last huge supply (20 per cent) of fresh water on Earth.

The source of drinking water, fish and emotional sustenance for 35 million people, the Great Lakes are under assault by toxins, sewage, invasive species, dropping water levels and profound apathy. Some scientists believe the lakes are on the verge of ecological collapse. Filled with fascinating characters and stunning imagery, Waterlife is an epic cinematic poem about the beauty of water and the dangers of taking it for granted.

Narrated by The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie, the film also features music by Sam Roberts, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, Robbie Robertson and Brian Eno.

When the film ends, the discussion begins

Always a highlight at the Cinema Politica Victoria's screenings, plan to stick around after the film to share ideas thoughts and opinions with the rest of the audience. Tonight's post-film discussion will be led by Chris Ayles, BSc, MSc. Besides teaching geography at Camosun College, Chris has done significant research in the area of fluvial geomorphology.

Cinema Politica is co-sponsored by Camosun's School of Arts and Science, Students for a Democratic Society, and other student groups on campus. For more info, contact English instructor Jeanne Iribarne at

Last updated: November 17, 2010 1:46 pm

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