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Canada’s logging controversy captivates at Green Screen

Published: 
Friday, November 10, 2017
Akilah Jaramogi and Dan Hogan.

Green Screen The Environmental Film Festival comes to a close tonight with a bumper screening and closing party at 6 Scott Street, St Clair. This year’s festival was memorable for a range of lively discussions and thought provoking films from around the world.

One of the most talked about films was Canadian film Hadwin’s Judgement, which was screened under the auspices of the Canadian High Commission.

The documentary about logger turned environmental evangelist Grant Hadwin, was spellbinding and visually stunning. Set in British Colombia, the film chronicled the story of Hadwin’s protest against logging in the region. In what was declared an outrageous act, he cut down the Golden Spruce, a tree considered as most sacred by the indigenous Haida people in 1997.

The event was attended by the Canadian High Commissioner Carla Hogan-Rufelds (who incidentally studied forestry at university), Agriculture minister Clarence Rambharat and head of the Santa Rosa First People’s Community Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez. The film’s director Sasha Snow was on hand to speak about his experience in making the film and about Grant Hadwin