April 4th – Land of Destiny film, arts, and discussion event

A FREE showing of Land of Destiny, followed by Q&A with the director, and with members of the community that is profiled in the film. Photos from the area also will be shown.

Monday, April 4th at 7pm at the University of Western Ontario, in London

This event will take place in the Council Chambers, on the third floor of the University Community Centre (UCC 315) at UWO (see these campus maps – http://www.geography.uwo.ca/campusmaps/)
People from off-campus definitely are invited as well.

Land of Destiny is a film about the health, jobs, families, and the everyday lives of residents of Sarnia, Ontario. The film is a portrait of a working-class city in paralysis, and a look at when and what people fight for.

The fabric of Sarnia’s landscape — the bright sprawl of petrochemical plants, swollen hospital wards and crowded bars — has much in common with the rest of the modern world. Tattooed men serving fries, basement musicians, boilermakers and volunteer firemen, heartbroken widows and an optimistic mayor — the lives of a mix of characters link up to reveal the dramas and contradictions of an industrial town out of sync with a transitioning world. As the dystopian architecture of the petrochemical plants — like crushed space stations just meters away from homes and schoolyards — gives way to the spaces that make this city a community, we begin to see what it is that everyone seems so afraid to lose.

After the documentary there will be Q&A with the director, Brett Story. Members of the community around Sarnia’s industry also have been invited to share their experiences. Members of the Aamjiwnaang Green Teens will be joining us to share their creative responses.  A group of Sarnia residents will be present at the screening.

This event is co-sponsored by the Environmental Science Association and the Chemical Engineering Club.

Here’s the event posting on Facebook –


One response to “April 4th – Land of Destiny film, arts, and discussion event

  1. Can you contact me about the possibility of showing this film in Marine City Michigan? My 8-month-old granddaughter is of one of 5 children who was stricken with the rare Wilms Tumor here over the past 4 years. She is now part of an investigation for a possible cancer cluster here. Many of us believe chemical valley may be the culprit.
    The county health department recently held a forum here about conducting the cluster investigation but I did not feel that any valuable information was disseminated at this time. Please let me know if representatives from your community and possibly the director would be interested to come here. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Sue Kulman

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