Freightened: The Real Cost of Shipping to screen this Saturday

Chris Straw

Gabriolans Against Freighter Anchorages

Tuesday, March 14 2017

Have you ever wondered how you can buy a jacket in Nanaimo or Vancouver or Gabriola for less than $100 when the materials used to make it have travelled halfway around the world?

Well there’s an answer and it might not be one you want to hear.

Questions like that, are exactly what inspired Spanish director Denis Delestrac to create the documentary, Freightened: The Real Cost of Shipping. The film will be shown this Saturday at the Gabriola Community Hall as part of a public meeting put on by Gabriolans Against Freighter Anchorages. 

“This is a documentary that everyone should see. Ninety percent of the goods we consume in the West are made in countries half a world away and brought to us on container ships. But when you see how the industry actually works and some of the shady things they get away with, you will be astounded.” says Franz Gigl, president of Gabriolan’s Against Freighter Anchorages, the group hosting the meeting. “We are used to seeing all sorts of ocean vessels coming and going in the waters around our little island, but there is a lot we don’t know about the 60,000 commercial ships that sail the world’s oceans and the huge impact they have on the planet.”

The fifty minute film explores everything from the people and companies behind the multi-billion dollar shipping industry and the influence they have over government policy makers; to conditions for international marine workers and the disastrous effects shipping has on the environmental health of our planet, both above and below the water line. 

Delestrac’s documentary has been screened at film festivals around the world, including the 2016 Vancouver Film Festival and was the subject of an edition of CBC Radio’s The Current this fall.

The GAFA public meeting and screening of the film take place Saturday March 18th from 2 to 4 at the Community Hall. Admission is free, but donations to cover the costs of the event will be gratefully accepted.