This animated short employs hand-drawn animation layered over stop-motion sequences of moving ink on drumskins to create a striking, mournful portrait of the Alberta tar sands.
Produced as part of the 7th edition of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship.
Ages 13 to 17
Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
Discuss forms of recreation that encourage protection of the environment, and those that encourage the development and exploitation of resources. Discuss the various methods of natural-resource extraction and their impact on the life forms that depend on the environments affected by these processes. Ask students to write a persuasive piece that argues for or against extracting oil from bituminous sands (tar sands) and to create an art piece that illustrates their argument.