Directly Affected: a new film with everything you need to know about B.C.’s pipeline battle

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced hecklers in Nanaimo. Premiers Rachel Notley and John Horgan are flinging indignant words back and forth between Edmonton and Victoria. Ottawa has been urged to step in and show who’s got the power.

What is going on here? All this over a pipeline that’s already been operating for 65 years?

Fortuitously, there’s a new documentary called Directly Affected to get you up to speed. It’s 75 minutes of bristling advocacy journalism, thoroughly researched and professionally presented. It doesn’t include the most recent events, but it sure does anticipate them.

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival takes a sober view of pipeline expansion

Zack Embree sounds like a traumatized man when he talks about Fort MacKay.

“It’s very sobering,” he says softly. “First Nations are typically at the frontline of resource extraction and environmental degradation, and that long history of exploitation hit me in the face when I went to Fort MacKay.”

Pipeline documentary drills deep at Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

About six years ago Zack Embree decided that he needed to lend his voice to the discussion of climate change, so he picked up a camera and went about making his first movie.

The result of that decision is the 75-minute documentary Directly Affected looking at the impact of pipelines on communities across the country.

His quest for knowledge began in Burnaby with the oil spill of 2007 and Kinder Morgan’s $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, and the film has its world premiere here at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.