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Energized

Energized

Original Title: Macht energie
Director: Hubert Canaval
Austria | German, English, French
2014 | 92min.
Subtitles: English
Format: DCP
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. —Cynthia Rowell

Director,  Hubert Canaval

Director,  Hubert Canaval

Hubert Canaval was born in 1962 in Klagenfurt, Austria. He studied film directing as a student of Axel Corti at the Film Academy Vienna, where he is a lecturer today. Canaval worked as an editor on a number of films, both documentaries and fiction features. His filmography as director includes When the Mountain Calls (1996) and At Home Far Away from Home (2004).

Cast and Crew

Director
Hubert Canaval
Production Company
Allegro Film Produktions
Sales Contact
Memento Films International
Producer
Helmut Grasser
Screenwriter
Corinna Milborn, Hubert Canaval
Editor
Paul M. Sedlacek
Cinematographer
Dani Purer, Leni Lauritsch
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