Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) and the Wolfeboro Public Library are hosting a free screening of the award-winning documentary, Seeking the Current. Join the film’s director, Nicolas Boisclair, following the film in a timely discussion on this breathtaking documentary about hydroelectric and political power in Québec, and what it means for the Northern Pass project here in New Hampshire. Northern Pass Transmission LLC is proposing to construct one of the largest electric transmission projects in New Hampshire’s history – a 180-mile line to deliver into New England 1,200 megawatts of electricity generated by Hydro-Québec’s massive hydro-power facilities in Canada. The proposed project will profoundly affect the landscape, environment, and natural resources of communities throughout New Hampshire and in Quebec, as well as the energy future of New Hampshire and New England.
The film is a convincing critique of Hydro Quebec’s eight billion dollar Romaine River initiative – a plan to construct four dams along the 500-kilometer waterway. A collaboration between Boisclair, Alexis de Gheldere and Quebecois film star Roy Dupuis, it is also story of passionate environmental advocacy.
Packed with an Innu stove, two solar panels and a 2,500-page environmental assessment impact study, they discover a river and the future impacts of Hydro Quebec’s hydro electric project. Kilometer after kilometer, they open their eyes on a rich and spectacular ecosystem, virgin to any development. For now. During this 46 day expedition, they document a vast region of spectacular beauty and archive stunning images for future generations.
It’s also a story of devolution from social democratic ideals to greed and environmental destructiveness. Narrated by Dupuis and framed by the filmmakers’ 2008 canoe journey down the river, this movie details the history of Quebec’s energy industry, the likely environmental costs of the new project and, most constructively, the plethora of alternatives to hydroelectricity. Solar energy, biomass, biogas, energy efficiency, wind and geothermal power – all are thoroughly examined in terms of cost, applicability, and efficiency, and the case for them is overwhelmingly persuasive. Here’s a film that goes well beyond critique to a detailed vision of a better future for the land. The evidence is in the scrupulous research, but the power lies in the filmmakers’ journey of dedication, and the beautiful images it produces.
The Wolfeboro screening will be at Wolfeboro Public Library (259 South Main St.), on Friday March 9th at 7pm, followed by the discussion. Free and open to the public. Suggested donation of $5-$10 appreciated. More information at 603-539-6460, or www.galacommunity.org.