Calgary filmmaker takes you on the highway with Alberta's rat patrol – LiveWire Calgary

Jamie Rothenburger, Assistant Professor, Veterinary Drugs, College of Calgary. PHOTO COURTESY/ SARAH KOURY

For 70 years, Alberta’s waged a struggle towards vermin widespread in al different elements of North America – and the world.


Residing With out Menace, a documentary made by Calgary-based filmmaker, Ted Stenson, examines Alberta’s storied rat management program.

In response to Stenson, Residing With out Menace explores the historical past and the way forward for the Rat Patrol. It’s a one-of-a-kind program that’s allowed Alberta to put declare as the one inhabited place to remain rat-free.

“The documentary have a look at the historical past of this program and it additionally seems to be at kind of the way forward for invasive species and rat controls which are taking place in another elements of the world like New Zealand, the place they’re making an attempt to remove rats by the 12 months 2050,” stated Stenson.

In response to Stenson, the success of the Rat Program motivated him to create the documentary, to be taught extra about it and inform others of the substantial outcomes of it.

“It’s one thing you sort of hear about, like, oh, this concept that Alberta is rat-free, the one referee place on this planet,” he stated.

“So, I simply bought interested in, studying extra about this system and truly, sort of digging into why that’s.”

The rat – human connection

By means of the documentary, Stenson stated he’s making an attempt to convey the affiliation between rats and human behaviour.

“Rats are one thing that people typically don’t like. Rats are sometimes related to illnesses or destruction, and that’s sort of a by-product of human conduct,” he stated.

“As people, once we have a look at a few of these species and attempt to management or don’t just like the impacts of any, it’s essential to sort of have a look at our personal conduct and our personal accountability when it comes to the impacts of this stuff create.”

In response to Stenson, audiences will expertise the rat patrol within the fields as they do their work. There’s interviews with the employees, scientists and historians.

“These specialists will communicate of a number of the impacts of those invasive species, why rats have been villainized all through human historical past and attempt to perceive a number of the the reason why people attempt to management nature on this method,” stated Stenson.

Residing With out Menace can be Stenson’s first documentary as a author and director.

Stenson will even be presenting a fictional movie at Calgary’s Worldwide Movie Competition on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022.

Residing With out Menace can be launched on CBC Gem on Sept. 23. It should even be broadcast on CBC tv in Alberta and British Columbia on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. 

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