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The Business of Gold: The Chronicle of a Foretold Conflict

Gregorio LaSalle / Guatemala - / 2009 / 54 ' / Spanish / S.T. English

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A film that documents Mayan indigenous groups in Guatemala, who courageously resist the imposition of a gold mine owned by Canadian trans-national company.

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Even as the government of Guatemala was signing the 1996 "Peace Accords", it was - unbeknownst to the Guatemala population - giving out hundreds of mining concessions to international (mainly Canadian) mining companies. Since the early 2000s, serious conflicts have broken out in Guatemala - as well as else-where in Central America - due to the environmental and health harms and other violations of human and indigenous rights being caused by mainly Canadian mining companies. "The Business of Gold in Guatemala" (50 minutes) documents one struggle - the resistance of the Mayan-Mam people of San Miguel Ixtahuacan against the Canadian company Goldcorp Inc.

 

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