Defensora & Crude Gold Series: Gran Colombia Gold
Rachel Schmidt / Canada - United States - Guatemala / 2013 / 41 ' / Spanish - Mayan / S.T. English
A look into the lives of defenders in the resistance who struggle to reclaim their ancestral lands and seek justice for human rights violations.
Defensora is a documentary about a Mayan Q'eqchi' resistance against mining in Guatemala. The story is set along the shores of Lake Izabal in the community of El Estor where a nickel mining company has operated for over 50 years. Tensions run high against a backdrop of pro and anti-mining camps, violence and forced evictions. The film takes audiences into the lives of defenders in the resistance who struggle to reclaim their ancestral lands and seek justice in Canadian courts for alleged human rights violations.
Crude Gold Series: Gran Colombia Gold
Monica Gutierrez / Colombia - Canada / 2015 / 10 ' / Spanish / S.T. English
The film explores foreign investment conflicts, and the role and impacts to trade union members in a country labelled as the most dangerous for trade unionists.
"Gran Colombia Gold" is part of the Crude Gold series, and is focused on a particular mining company. The story of how Gran Colombia Gold came to be formed is the story of the abuses of power against a worker's union as a rightful owner of the mine. The film explores foreign investment conflicts, and the role and impacts to trade union members in a country that is labelled as the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist. These brave individuals engage in union resistance, demand justice for human rights violations and raise awareness for these important issues, often at great personal cost.