EnergizedOriginal Title: Macht energie
Director: Hubert Canaval
Austria | German, English, French
Eligible for Our World
In just one of many striking images in this eye-opening documentary, a scarecrow in a yellow hazmat suit and a blue safety helmet cautions wildlife away from a toxic pond at an Alberta tar sands refinery. Elsewhere in Canada, Jessica Ernst had no such warning about the dangers lurking in her groundwater, which was contaminated by shale gas extraction. Now, she is waging a David-versus-Goliath battle against the corporation EnCana, whose substantial profits from this polluting process make it unlikely that the practice will cease.
Those odds, though, have not stopped Ernst and other rebels like her from taking on big business worldwide. The heroes of Energized also include an Austrian community determined to become energy self-sufficient by 2015 and an engineer in Burkina Faso who is improving education through home-operated photovoltaic solar panels.
Disturbed by the catastrophes of Fukushima and Deepwater Horizon, director Hubert Canaval was inspired to investigate the primary methods of energy production: oil, gas, nuclear and hydroelectric and found that each one had a tremendous negative impact on the environment and population, from making land uninhabitable to contributing to rampant illness, unemployment and species extinction. With its spectrum of voices, potent stories and crisp delivery of facts, Energized aims to raise awareness about our options and how to democratize them.