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Mine Your Own Business - The Dark Side Of Environmentalism (2006)

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Mine Your Own Business is a 2006 documentary film directed and produced by Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney.
The movie exposes the dark side of environmentalism. The documentary hacks away at the cosy image of environmentalists' as well meaning, harmless activists. This is the first documentary which asks the hard questions of foreigners who lead campaigns to "save" remote areas from development. Their answers are often disturbing, with racist overtones, but we, in the west, blindly support such campaigns that want to keep people in poverty. Now for the first time we asks local people about their lives and what they want for the future. Their answers are very often different from what the environmentalists say and what is reported in the mainstream media. Mine Your Own Business is a journey through the dark side of environmentalism. It demolishes the cosy consensus that environmentalists are well meaning agenda free activists and shows them to be anti-development ideologues who think the poor are happy being poor and don't want the development that we, in the west, take for granted. Needless to say, this documentary will be hugely controversial as it makes us all think about the unintended consequences of blindly supporting environmentalist/anti-development campaigns across the globe. It is a challenge to the cosy consensus that allows westerners to deny progress to those who need it most.

Phelim McAleer is an Irish journalist and documentary filmmaker. He has written and produced FrackNation, Not Evil Just Wrong and Mine Your Own Business, as well as The Search for Tristan's Mom and Return to Sender. McAleer grew up in Northern Ireland and is married to fellow documentary-maker and journalist Ann McElhinney.