Community Earth Movie Screening Tells Interesting Story
By Alethia Stone
The screening of the documentary Drill, Baby Drill at Unity Charter School on Friday, October 4 was an interesting event and yielded a few surprises. When I first read that the school would be hosting the film followed by a panel discussion to include testimony from someone personally affected by the results, I expected a hefty turn out. It had been well promoted in the communications from the school as well as by the sponsoring organizations, Community Earth and Food & Water Watch. While the turnout was respectable, I had expected more for such a charged topic, particularly when it has such grave implications for our own lives.
The audience profile was a surprise. There was only one other Unity parent and in general the attendees were older, much older which left me to wonder do people understand what the drilling process also known as fracking is, or do they just not care? Perhaps it was that it was a Friday night or that the topic was too political. Whatever the reason those in attendance were committed to learning more and spreading the word.
The film itself was also a surprise. I was expecting something political but instead what I watched was the story of two towns an ocean apart. One has been living the consequences of gas drilling for four years; the other just seeing the dawn of drilling in their country. Based on they learned about other towns where drilling had, a group of farmers in Poland were inspired to become activists and fight the introduction of drilling in their village.
Both the film and the ensuing discussion provided food for thought. Questions were answered thoughtfully and candidly. In screening this documentary, Unity gave the larger community access to information and resources about a subject that is not often highlighted in the media. In the end I was left with questions about the integrity of our food and water supply and wondered if it could happen here.
You can watch the trailer for Drill, Baby, Drill on Vimeo, http://vimeo.com/63570033.
Learn more what happened in panelist Ray Kemble’s hometown of Dimock, PA.
There are two sides to every story. I would be remiss if I didn’t include a link to those in Dimock who still support the drilling. Consider both sides and decide for yourself what you believe.
Photos by Alethia Stone