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A Broken Earth

  • 35min
  • James Muir
  • New Zealand
  • 2020

All over the world fossil fuel industries have undermined communities and impacted the health of people and the planet. Even remote areas of New Zealand have been under pressure from companies on the hunt for easy oil and gas.

This story is from the benign rural pastures that surround the base of Mt Taranaki, where people have carved out a quiet living, in a land that is riddled with the scars of fossil fuel extraction. Sarah Roberts and David Morrison are environmental award-winning farmers who have worked the land for generations. When an oil company moves in next door to their family farm, they are forced to deal with the effects of fracking and oil drilling along their quiet country road.

What started out as resistance against the desecration of the local countryside becomes a revelation of a system designed to protect profit before people.

_This film is part of a Doc Edge Originals collection from around Aotearoa / New Zealand, funded by The Doc Edge Rei Foundation Film Fund, which aims to facilitate the creation of documentaries tailored specifically for youth, offering stories and new perspectives that will help youth to broaden their worldview and set them up to be responsible members of the global community.

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James Muir