The Archipelago

Benjamin Huguet   |   Canadian Premiere


About the Film

Synopsis: For more than 100 years the East German region of Lusatia has been exploited as a source of energy for Germany. Enormous open pit coal mines have devastated nature, villages and culture. The excavators dig out tons of lignite (brown coal) which is then burned in the nearby power plants. As a result of these operations 136 villages have disappeared. People are now standing up for their rights and are defending their homes. On the Edge follows brave people who are fighting for a renewable future. In the past four years the filmmakers joined the movement and spoke with the people about their motivation, fears and hopes - revealing a growing resistance in times of climate change and the challenge.


Conversation Leader: TBA

Film Information

Year: 2016
Length: 45 minutes
Language: English
Country: German

Cast & Credits

Director: Marco Kuehne


Locations & Showtimes


Saturday November 19   |   8:15PM


*For Those without tickets, there will be a small standby line for this screening.



Join the post-show conversation with local and international artists and experts.



Paul Spong  is co-director of OrcaLab, a land based whale research station on Hanson Island in British Columbia (www.orcalab.org) and president of the non-profit Pacific Orca Society. He acquired a Ph.D. in physiological psychology from U.C.L.A. in 1966. Paul began studying dolphins and orcas in 1967, initially in captivity, than in the wild. His insights soon led to his involvement with Greenpeace in the save-the-whales movement during the 1970s, which culminated in the moratorium on commercial whaling agreed to by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1982. For years his work has focused on the long-term life history of the 'northern resident community' of British Columbia orcas, the protection of orca habitat, and cetacean welfare issues such as commercial whaling and captivity