Oil on Ice 2005 NR

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This fascinating documentary aims to charter the various problems that have beset Alaska due to the coveted oil resources the region houses.

Runtime:
57 minutes

Oil on Ice

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Genres Documentary
Director Bo Boudart, Dale Djerassi
Supporting actors Amory Lovins, Celia Hunter, Sarah James, Norma Kassi, Tony Knowles, Ted Stevens, Barbara Boxer, Carl Pope, Ken Whitten, David Klein, Jim Whitaker, George Ahmaogak, Rosemary Ahtuangaruak, Rodney Ahtuangaruak, Robert Thompson, George W. Bush, David Shearer, Severin Borenstein
Studio Lightyear Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. Rossier on September 25, 2006
Format: DVD
This film made me want to travel to Alaska and meet the natives and have a look at them one last time in shame. We don't own this land. This land owns us and if we forget that the human race will vanish very soon. A striking photography and beautiful music will make this film an unforgettable experience. The impact of oil drilling on natives is well explained and very well understood after watching this film. The impact on all of us on the long run becomes quite clear after watching the film. This film is a must see.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Johnson on June 23, 2008
Format: DVD
Extremely biased. Many beautiful shots of the Brooks Range area nowhere near the proposed drilling area (1%) of the whole ANWR area. Little of the proposed drilling area (and nothing in winter.)

Nothing (!) seen of the existing north slope drilling area to actually see what the effect would be on caribou, polar bears etc...

The Gwich'in natives who don't live in the area (opposed) get wayyy more time than the Inupiat (balanced pro/con) who do live there.

And how about this news item :"The Gwich'in tribal council in the Northwest Territories has signed a memorandum of understanding with a Calgary-based exploration company to search for oil and gas on 350 square kilometres of land east of Inuvik, N.W.T." Of course we don't hear anything about this hypocrisy.

The former Alaska Governor gets a few seconds of airtime. Otherwise nothing from the other 99.9% of Alaskans.

The radical enviromentalists - yes. Regular Americans - no.

Biased to the max!

(But Peter Coyote's narration voice is the best in the world.)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joanna DeMars on March 25, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a very good, informative film... it was very good to start a discussion about environmental policies.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on August 3, 2006
Format: DVD
I expected a bit more from this documentary, especially as far as the HISTORY of oil conquest in Alaska is concerned, oil spills (I think just throwing in Exxon Valdez is insufficient) and I didn't think that the natives going to Washington DC was much proof of activism either. There was a lot of narration, a lot about the caribou and how their population will decrease if oil is drilled for in ANWR. It went through the migrations and the wildlife and some of the history of ANWR but it didn't go through a whole lot of legislation.

There's also not a lot of dialogue between people in Alaska or the rest of the US. The documentary covers a fair amount of native sentiment and also that of some lawmakers in Alaska, but why didn't they ask Alaskans about their opinions? What about the rest of the country? The whole thing was wayyyy too one-sided. This documentary should have been great. It should've shown the real controversy throughout the country, the impact of Alaska on the people who live there (not just the natives), tourists, how important that enormous chunk of land is to people and what it means to America. It would have been so much more interesting to have people from around the US interviewed -- NJ/NY motorists, tourism-based businesspeople in Maine, people from the Midwest, people from Houston and other oil-rich cities, people from the Canadian Arctic....it could have been better. In the end, these people who made the documentary don't get it. A vast majority of people who will even listen to the ANWR issue won't care a whole lot about the people who live there. The documentary does a poor job of appealing to people in the lower 48. It doesn't offer too many alternatives, either

I will say that the camerawork was nicely done.
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I was more than impressed by this stupendous documentary. Not only is it superior, photogrqphically speaking -- not only does it have beautiful & inspiring music -- it is factual and should open our eyes to what we have to lose in the name of oil! We need to understand why environmentalists and educated elected officials care about protecting this pristine area. I was born, raised and educated in one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. in Boulder, CO -- at the foot of the flatirons -- BUT I truly feel this Alaska wilderness is "God's Country." Buy this DVD -- view it -- invite everyone you care about to view it with you. You wll begin to care and maYbe -- just maybe -- you will help to preserve it for your children & generations after you are gone!
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