Film Awareness Night is back.
And what other way to kick off 2017 than with a reinvigorating documentary: A Last Stand For Lelu, to be shown at the Edward Milne Community Theatre on Jan. 11.
The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with the half hour documentary, which revolves around Lelu Island and the proposed site of the controversial Liquid Natural Gas plant and shipping berth near Prince Rupert.
Produced and directed by Farhan Umedaly, a young B.C. filmmaker, the film shows the fragility of the Flora Banks ecosystem, the most important juvenile fish habitat for the entire Skeena River system. It is also on the traditional territory of the Lax Kw'alaams First Nations.
"Unlike so many films, this is about now, not some time in the future. This is about integrity, strength and a vision for the future that includes our children and grandchildren," said Alexandra Morton, a renown B.C. biologist.
To add a bit more character to the experience, Awareness Film Night and Transition Sooke have invited Canadian journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk to speak on this topic the night-of.
Nikiforuk has been writing about the oil and gas industry and the economy in Western Canada for more than two decades. Formerly based in Calgary, Nikiforuk now lives on Vancouver Island.
In the event of inclement weather, check the Awareness Film Night website and Facebook page for updates and possible postponements.