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We Call Them Intruders

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 6:45pm
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 12:30pm
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We Call Them Intruders

Tamara Herman and Susi Porter-Bopp | 
Canada |
 2015 | 
55  minutes

THE MAY 9 SCREENING IS PART OF THE RATED Y SERIES. BOTH SCREENINGS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FILMMAKER Q&A.

NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED. OPEN TO YOUTH UNDER 18.

PG (Coarse language)

Mining is big business in Canada. Almost 75% of the world’s mining companies call Canada home according to Vancouver-based filmmakers Tamara Herman and Susi Porter-Bopp’s new film. Most resource extraction happens beyond Canadian borders, where a lack of regulation and a rapacious profit-seeking agenda has permitted horrific environmental and social impact. Digging beneath the glossy marketing materials on company websites that tout shiny new schools and medical centres, the filmmakers travel to rural parts of Eastern and Southern Africa to talk to local residents, government officials, and community activists. The result is a far darker portrait. What the filmmakers uncover isn’t surprising: a lack of clean drinking water, few well-paying jobs, as well as an increase in cost of living, has forced many villagers to work in unsafe and desperate conditions. The word ‘intruder’ is what the local villagers call the displaced mine workers, who scavenge through discarded waste rock looking for trace minerals.

Bold and confrontational, the filmmakers employ a follow-the-money approach that effectively traces how everyday Canadians are implicated. The film explains in cogent language and animated graphics exactly how taxes, Canada Pension Plan contributions, RRSPs, and other investments are funneled into supporting the mining sector. Joan Kuyek, founding member of MiningWatch Canada, makes the salient point that, “the market is not going to regulate justice.” With this in mind, it’s obvious that it’s up to everyday folk to force governments and corporations to be held accountable. We Call Them Intruders is a call for action, offering tangible solutions for change. This is activist filmmaking at its most raw and urgent. -SC

Filmmaker

Susi Porter-Bopp

Susi Porter-Bopp has a background in community organizing, facilitation, planning and research on water issues in Canada since 2006 and has worked with a number of BC and Canada-wide non-profit organizations to connect and take action on environmental issues. She is a proud optimist and lives in Vancouver. We Call Them Intruders is her first film.

Filmmaker

Tamara Herman

Tamara Herman is a community organizer, researcher and filmmaker based in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. Tamara's interest in resource extraction was sparked when she did environmental work for an indigenous community opposing oil extraction in the late 1990s. Since then, she has spent time working with communities living beside mines in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Tamara has made several short films on poverty and environmental issues since she first picked up a camera in 2010. We Call Them Intruders is her first feature film.