About 100 anti-pipeline demonstrators picketed outside the world premiere of “Deepwater Horizon” at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday.
The demonstration is against the 1,170-mile Dakota Access pipeline near a Native American reservation in North Dakota. Many protesters chanted “Standing Rock,” the Sioux tribe that’s opposing the construction of the pipeline due to its potential damage to water supplies and ancestral sites, according to CBC News in Toronto.
— Stuart Oldham (@s_oldham) September 13, 2016
The protesters began their demonstration outside the Roy Thomson Hall, site of the screening, before moving on through the downtown core area and causing traffic disruptions.
King St + Duncan St
-Protest has moved
-Now blocking Bay St + Queen St
— Toronto Police Operations (@TPSOperations) September 13, 2016
On Sept. 9, the federal government temporarily blocked construction on part of the North Dakota pipeline, acknowledging that complaints from the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribal nations that their concerns had not been fully heard before regulators approved the project.
“Deepwater Horizon” centers on the massive 2010 explosion that killed 11 men working on the platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Mark Wahlberg plays an electrician on the oil rig. John Malkovich, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez and Dylan O’Brien also star.
Lionsgate and Participant Media are teaming on the film, directed by Peter Berg from Matthew Michael Carnahan’s script. In 2011, the companies acquired feature rights to the New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” written by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul.
Producers are Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and David Womark.