Sierra Club movie series returns with 'Inheritance'

Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Juneau chapter of the Sierra Club will start its second season of free monthly movies at the Gold Town Nickelodeon with a screening of the Australian documentary "Inheritance: A Fisherman's Story," at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18.

The film, not rated, runs about 75 minutes. Admission is free.

The Sierra Club showed six free films at the Nickelodeon during the 2004-2005 season.

In January 2000, more than 100,000 cubic meters of toxic water, laced with cyanide and heavy metals, spilled from a reservoir at a Transylvania gold mine owned by the Australian-owned Aurul Corp. The water flooded through the Zazar, Szamos, Tisza and Danube rivers and flowed into the black sea. At least 125,000 tons of fish and untold thousands of birds and other wildlife were killed in Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia and the Ukraine.

Fishing, a tradition along the four rivers for centuries, was banned in many spots. The United Nations and the European Union found that human recklessness was to blame for the accident.

"Inheritance" follows Balazs Meszaros, a Hungarian fisherman on the Tisza who lost almost everything he had, and flew to Australia to confront the Aurul executives.

Director Peter Hegedus completed the film for $210,000, using Mini-DV and DV cameras and some 16-millimeter footage. It was developed with the help of the Pacific Film & Television Commission and produced with the assistance of film commissions in Australia, Belgium and Hungary.

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