The Costs of Energy

Jeffrey Barbee

South Africa , 2014, 52′

Producer: Mira Dutschke
Editing: Jeffrey Barbee, Kiko Herrara ,Charles Moore , & Mira Dutschke
Photography: Jeffrey Barbee & Mira Dutschke
Music: Brian Bailey Music, Dexter Britian, & Jerry Hannan

Armagrandi Hotel, Saturday 16:00- 18:00

Synopsis: The environmental problems caused by fracking in America have been well publicised but what’s less known are the gas industry’s plans for expansion in other countries. This investigation, filmed in Botswana, South Africa, Alaska and North America, reveals how fracking plants are quietly invading some of the most protected places on the planet – including Africa’s national parks.
Deep in the Kalahari desert, fracking operations take place across the migration routes of Africa’s largest elephant population – threatening their survival. Plans to allow fracking in the Karoo in South Africa, a region of natural beauty, have been condemned as “completely irresponsible”. Water is extremely scarce and people are concerned about an industry that sucks up and potentially pollutes the little available water there.
Speaking to experts, campaigners and affected communities, we discover the real cost of this much touted “cheap” gas.

Director: Jeffrey Barbee is a journalist from Aspen Colorado, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He works for Global Post, the UK Guardian and Reuters. His environmental reporting also appears in the New York Times, NOS Tv Holland, Smithsonian Magazine, RTL News, PBS, Time Magazine, Newsweek and Vanity Fair.
Producer Mira Dutschke has a masters degree in Human Rights Law and 10 years international research experience. Currently she is producing media investigating human rights and environmental issues. She is a also a part-time lecturer at the University of Cape Town, teaching human rights and advocacy for the Masters in Child and Maternal Health.

– Main Prize of the Category E Current Affairs. Prize of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic (International Film Festival Ekotopfilm – Envirofilm 2015)
– Accolade Global Film Competition Award to Jeffrey Barbee (USA), The High Cost Of Cheap Gas (Award of Merit: Nature/Environment/Wildlife)

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