Thursday, May 19, 2011

May Update

UPCOMING SCREENINGS

May 25th - European University Institute (EUI) - Florence, Italy - Under Rich Earth screens as part of a workshop on Private Military, Security Companies & Corporate Social Responsibility. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Benedict Wray (EUI) & Julien Topal (TBC). (Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia, Wednesday, May 25th, 16:45.)

June 1 - La Casa del Mango - Antigua, Guatemala - Se presenta Bajo suelos ricos (Under Rich Earth) como parte del Ciclo de Cine “Agua, Ríos y Pueblos” el Miércoles 1 de Junio en la Casa cultural en la ciudad de Antigua, Guatemala.

NOW AVAILABLE IN GERMAN - UNTER REICHER ERDE

Rye Cinema is delighted to announce that the German version of Under Rich Earth is finally ready. A very special thank you goes out to Liz Weydt for coordinating the German translation and to David James Fernandes (of Leslieville Production and Post) for designing the packaging and authoring the DVD. Rye Cinema will be working with friends in Germany to help distribute the film to our German-speaking audience.

UNDER RICH EARTH ON TV - IN CUBA!

Under Rich Earth was featured on the “Pantalla Documental (Documentary Screen)” television program in Cuba (Canal Educativo 2, 11pm, May 12, 2011):

PANTALLA DOCUMENTAL Bajo suelos ricos (Canadá, Ecaudor / 2008) Dirección: Malcolm Rogge (Cuando el documentalista canadiense Malcolm Rogge arribó a Ecuador en 1996, lo que más le impresionó fue la complejidad del conflicto causado por la explotación petrolera en la zona amazónica. Diez años después, Rogge regresó y empezó el radaje de Bajo suelos ricos, un documental que evidencia la valentía de una comunidad en su lucha contra la invasión de una compañía minera canadiense.)

NOW ONLINE

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL SCREENING & PANEL WITH CARLOS ZORRILLA


Under Rich Earth was shown on April 14, 2011 at Harvard Law School as part of an event called Business and Bullets - Litigating Human Rights Claims against Transnational Corporations (see April Update). Following the screening, there was a panel discussion with Under Rich Earth director Malcolm Rogge, Carlos Zorrilla (DECOIN), Chris Jochnick (Oxfam America), and Grahame Russell (Rights Action) (L to R in photo above) .

To access the streaming video file, click on this link: PANEL DISCUSSION

(Please note: not all of the audience members’ questions are audible, but the panelists are loud and clear).

EN LA BIBLIOTECA
Comisión Ecuménica de Derechos Humanos (CEDHU)

Bajo suelos ricos (DVD) esta en la colección de La Biblioteca y Centro de Documentacion de la CEDHU en Quito, Ecuador.

JOEL ZORRILLA AT THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY

“Film discusses community’s battle to preserve environment”

“Communication design and Spanish double major Joel Zorrilla was the guest speaker for Thursday’s screening of the “Under Rich Earth,” the second movie in a 4-week film series hosted by the Environmental Action and Resource Center.”

Click here to read the complete article in The Orion (not The Onion). The Orion is an independent, student-run weekly newspaper at California State University, Chico.

UNDER RICH EARTH IN POLAND

Beginning on June 15, 2011, the Under Rich Earth (with Polish subtitles) will be available online in Poland through the Watch Docs Human Rights Documentary Film Festival internet streaming platform.

Ziemia cenniejsza niż złoto (Under Rich Earth), Reżyseria: Malcolm Rogge, Ekwador / Kanada, 2008, 92 min

Mieszkańcy niewielkiej wioski Junin w ekwadorskiej dżungli stają do walki z kanadyjską korporacją, zamierzającą stworzyć na ich ziemi gigantyczną kopalnię miedzi. Obiecując nowe miejsca pracy i nie stroniąc od przekupstwa, zagraniczni inwestorzy doprowadzają do podziału społeczności na “górników” i “ekologów”. Mnożą się kolejne incydenty, których celem jest zastraszenie przeciwników budowy kopalni. Obojętna postawa władz prowadzi do eskalacji konfliktu. W jednej z najbardziej zapadających w pamięć sekwencji filmu banda ochroniarzy wysłanych przez korporację dla uciszenia niepokornych zostaje wspólnymi siłami społeczności wzięta do niewoli podczas brawurowej, ale wolnej od przemocy akcji obywatelskiego oporu. Film Malcolma Rogge to rzadki przykład dokumentu społecznie zaangażowanego wolnego od ideologicznego zacietrzewienia i jednocześnie naprawdę podnoszącego na duchu. Mieszkańcom Junin udało się dokonać rzeczy na pozór niemożliwej: zjednoczyć się i pokonać giganta, dysponującego najpotężniejszą bronią na Ziemi - pieniędzmi.

NEWS FROM INTAG

ECUADORIANS LOSE APPEAL IN LAWSUIT AGAINST CANADIAN MINING COMPANY AND TSX

MARCH 14, 2011 - On Friday, March 11, 2011, the Court of Appeal for Ontario dismissed an appeal by Ecuadorian campesinos who say they were assaulted by security forces hired on behalf of a Canadian mining company in their native Ecuador.

Marcia Ramírez, Polivio Peréz and Israel Peréz had sued Canadian mining company Copper Mesa Mining Corporation and two of its directors as well as the Toronto Stock Exchange, which the Ecuadorians say listed the mining company on its stock exchange after having been warned that money from the listing would lead to violence.  Ramírez, Peréz and Peréz had appealed an earlier decision that dismissed their lawsuit.

In the ruling, the Court recognized that “[t]he threats and assaults alleged by the plaintiffs are serious wrongs.  Nothing in these reasons should be taken as undermining the plaintiffs’ rights to seek appropriate redress for those wrongs”, but nonetheless ruled against the Ecuadorians.

For more information about the recent court decision, click here to see the Rights Action bulletin for April 2011.

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