The University of North Dakota Global Visions Film Series begins the semester with the screening of a local film, This is Our Country: Living with the Wild West Oil Boom, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
Produced by the Dakota Resource Council (DRC), “the film features everyday North Dakotans talking about how the chaotic development of the Bakken has affected lives and livelihoods,” said Sean Arthison, communications director for the DRC.
Footage focuses on the recent industrialization of the Bakken area and interviews farmers and ranchers whose families have been dealing with the mix of agriculture and oil issues since oil was first discovered in North Dakota in 1953.
The use of natural resources in the process of extracting oil through the technology of fracking and the impact of this on both people and the local ecology are presented in the footage, which is compelling and thought provoking.
The short film was produced by David Diebel and Carson Norgaard of D&N Cinematics in Bismarck.
Guest speakers Scot Skokos and Caleb Kobilansky will discuss the film prior to its showing and an open dialogue about the film and its findings will conclude the event.
David L. Dodds
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