White Earth and Groundswell Rising

The first film that was shown during the film event was “White Earth”. The short film focused on the family members of the oil field workers and how their lives have been affected by the oil boom in North Dakota. It is very clear how much these people sacrifice in an attempt to give their family a good life.

The second film, “Groundswell Rising”, was about the fracking industry and how its growth has affected those living in the areas surrounding the sites. While it may be easy to look at the big picture benefits of¬†fracking, this film sheds a new light on what is actually happening to people living near fracking sites.

In relation to biotechnology, both of these films portrayed aspects we have discussed in class. For example in “Groundswell Rising”, one man whose water supply had been tainted by the runoff from fracking, devised a plan to help those without contaminated water. His hunch became a successful foundation that delivers water to people in need. He even got support from actor, Mark Ruffalo, added a pun to Johnson’s theory of “liquid networks”. Also these industries affect the adjust possibilities in the energy sector. Who knows what may come from oil drilling and fracking industries but there are many doors to open, with regards to new methods and such.

White Earth and Groundswell Rising