By Nina Wu
Earth Day on Sunday marked the two-year anniversary of the BP oil spill. Two years ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig sank into the Gulf of Mexico, creating the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Two years later, the people and environment are still suffering from the after-effects of the spill. Is the seafood indeed safe to eat? The FDA says so, but the idea of fish with open sores and parasitic infections (which may or may not be from the effects of petroleum, though inconclusive) doesn't sound appetizing.
Now filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell of Green Planet Productions (of "FUEL") expose the root causes of the spill, uncovering "a vast network of corruption" in their documentary film "The Big Fix." Peter Fonda is an executive producer of the official selection for the Festival de Cannes.
Here's a review from the L.A. Times, which says that "The Big Fix" presents a compelling array of damning testimony from EPA officials, journalists, scientists and politicians as well as emotional scenes of distraught residents, a number, like Rebecca Tickell, experiencing troubling physical symptoms in the wake of the disaster." BP chose not to participate in the documentary.
Mint Evemts Hawaii is screening "The Big Fix" at Fresh Cafe, 831 Queen St., on Wednesday, April 25. Doors open at 6 p.m. with free pupus, no-host cocktails and raffle prizes. The film starts at 7 p.m. and is followed by a discussion at 8:30 p.m.
Cost is $8 if you purchase tickets online at www.ticketleap.com and $10 at the door.
The film will also be shown 7 p.m. on April 25 at The Palace Theater, 38 Haili St. in Hilo (hosted by Surfrider Foundation, Hilo chapter).