(Under)Mining Justice Film Festival

The other face of Canada’s Mining Corporations

(Under)Mining Justice Film Festival
Films that Dig Deep into Canada’s Growing Reputation as a 
Global Extractive Industries Bully

It’s the eve of BC Mining Week. BC’s mining industry leaders will spend the week wining and dining at gala receptions, awards ceremonies and community events. In Vancouver, the home to the world’s largest conglomeration of Mining companies, we will see celebration and charitable acts.

But in communities affected by Canadian mining projects, there are increasing reports of environmental devastation, water toxicity and scarcity, human rights violations, and violent repression--even murder--of residents who speak out in opposition to extractive projects.

Exactly what is BC Mining Week celebrating?

On May 12, the (Under)Mining Justice Film Festival brings to Vancouver the voices of those who bear the brunt of the mining bonanza.

The festival profiles speakers from Mining Watch Canada and from communities in Central America, Colombia, and the Philippines, as well as a range of films including:

Colombia | Marmato | Mark Grieco
As a Toronto company approaches, a town in the Andes sits atop a gold mine and at the edge of a precipice.

Tibet | From Nomad to Nobody | Michael Buckley
Why are nomads being forced from their traditional grazing lands into concrete ghettos?

Canada | The HOLE Story | Richard DesJardins, Robert Monderie
Don’t know much about Canadian mines? Well, mines don’t talk much. Especially about their history.

El Salvador | Late Night Sunrise | Michael Watts, David McNulty
In the province of Cabañas, resistance to Vancouver-based mining company, Pacific Rim, comes at a deadly cost.

Central America | El Oro O La Vida (Gold or Life) | Álvaro Revenga
In Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, communities are standing up against efforts by Canadian transnationals to recolonize their lands.

Ecuador | Under Rich Earth | Malcolm Rogge
Dramatic on the spot coverage as farmers say “No” to Vancouver-based Copper Mesa corp., and face guns. The shareholders loose. An acclaimed film with a plot twist.

Saturday May 12, 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Vancouver Public Library 
Alma Van Dusen, Peter Kaye and Morris J Wosk rooms
For schedule and location: http://miningjusticealliance.wordpress.com/

Pay what you can (if you can). Donations gratefully accepted, but not required.

 

Organized by the Vancouver Mining Justice Alliance

 

 

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When

May 12th, 2012
2pm to 10pm

Where

Vancouver Public Library