Ten exploration workers of the oil and gas industry talk to camera for the first time in their life. As lovers of the Earth, experts of its rocks, and as members of the energy industry, they claim a place to talk about their industry and its future. The story is narrated by the son of an oil geologist, who moved as an oil expat son from Brazil to Norway, showing the contrast between new generations of environmental/climate concern and the practical and ethical challenges faced by industry professionals. Following the footsteps of Statoil, the Norwegian oil company operating in Brazil tackles questions like why to continue exploring for oil and gas today and the ethical dilemmas involved. In a world where climate change concerns are a priority and where alternative renewable energies seem to be advancing, this film explores how the energy transition should take place, asking some of the people who have been part of the damage if they are ready to embrace change.
Name: Paloma Yáñez Serrano
Role: Phd Student Social Anthropology with Visual Media, University of Manchester
Paloma is an independent ethnographic filmmaker and social anthropologist interested in the methods of adaptation humans develop to address changing environment, technology, and political conflicts. She has been working for seven years making films and research projects in Congo, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Spain, Brazil, and Mexico. In parallel, she has worked as a facilitator of text and mix-media interactive courses with children and adults. She is currently doing a Ph.D. in visual anthropology at the University of Manchester studying people’s adaptation to industrial agriculture and changing the landscape in the south of Spain. She is one of the lead organizers of the Big Tree Collective and the Visual Research Network. She is the co-director of the film together with Benjamin Llorens Rocamora, under St. Andrews Energy Ethics project.