Salmon Confidential

(Canada, 2013, 69 mins, DCP)
PROD Department of Wild Salmon
SCR/CAM/ED Twyla Roscovich
MUS Bocephus King, Andrew Oye, Kelly Bedford


This shocking documentary by Twyla Roscovich tells the behind-the-scenes story of the biggest environmental government coverup ever perpetrated on British Columbians. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by the government’s efforts to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path while working to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon. We gain surprising insight into the inner workings of government agencies, and share rare footage of the bureaucrats tasked with managing our fish and the safety of our food supply.

“For years, Alexandra Morton has soldiered on providing evidence of, and calling for action on, the catastrophic state of wild salmon. Government and industries have thwarted her over and over again. This film clearly documents that governments do not put protection of wild salmon at the top of their priorities and Canadians should be outraged. I am.”—David Suzuki

Preceded By: Gateway

DIR Benjamin Paull / USA, 2013, 18 min.

As the battle lines form around what may be the most explosive environmental debate in Canadian history, this charged documentary offers a sober, realistic look at why so many people see the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project as an existential threat to the places that sustain them.

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