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General · 18th January 2013
Robyn Budd
On Saturday January 19 join Sierra Quadra for a screening of The Big Fix, the film that documents the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon.
In describing The Big Fix, film reviewers use words like smart, scathing, and damning. They also say compelling, staggering in scope, and highly entertaining.
Josh and Rebecca Tickell are residents of Louisiana, and the Deepwater Horizon fouled their backyard in an event that the whole world watched with mounting horror. For these documentary filmmakers, the true measure of the catastrophe came to light after the mainstream media departed the scene.
Quickly outpacing the evening news, the Tickell's investigative journalism dug in to reveal surprising layers of corruption and collusion in covering up – not cleaning up – the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Cameras in hand, the filmmakers evaded blockades to document the onshore impacts. They sought out uncensored journalists, scientists not on BP's payroll, and local residents with newfound health issues. Their footage became The Big Fix, and pointed, not surprisingly, to a political culture in which the corporate needs of Big Oil are paramount, and human and environmental impacts are simply 'disappeared'. The film opens with a stunning visual of BP's origins and its involvement in Iran's historic unrest. The trail of dirty fingerprints leads all the way to the Deepwater Horizon.
Scathing? Compelling? Entertaining? The Big Fix is all of the above. See for yourself at the Quadra Community Centre on Saturday January 19. Admission is by donation. The usual great desserts, coffee and tea will be available. Doors open at 7 and the film starts at 7:30.