Wednesday, March 2, 2011



Rye Cinema is very pleased to be working with Toronto independent video distributor Vtape on educational distribution. For information about purchasing educational DVDs and/or digital streaming rights for universities, please click here for Educational Sales.


Under Rich Earth director Malcolm Rogge has appeared at Q&As and speaking engagements over the last year at several universities, conferences and community events. On an ongoing basis, Malcolm is available for speaking engagements and multi-media presentations on a broad range of topics related to documentary cinema, law, international human rights and environmental conflict. To book events, click here for Rye Cinema.


- February 26th – Public screening of Under Rich Earth (“Ziemia Cenniejsza niż złoto”) at World Days of Social Justice, presented by the “Regionalne Centrum Ekonomii Społecznej w Lublinie Program Narodów Zjednoczonych ds Rozwoju (UNDP),” Lublin, Poland.

- February 10th – Guest lecture and screening of scenes from Under Rich Earth for Queen’s University Development Studies Program, Kingston, Ontario.

- February 9th – Queen’s University International Development Week 2001 - Canadian Mining Companies: The View from Home and Abroad. Public screening of Under Rich Earth and Q & A, Kingston, Ontario.

- February 9th – Cornell University, Ithaca. Public screening of Under Rich Earth as part of the Latin American Film Series of the Committee on U.S./Latin American Relations (CUSLAR) at Rockefeller Hall. The screening was followed by a discussion with Claire Stoscheck, Coordinator of CUSLAR and member of the environmental organization Shaleshock.

- February 3rd - Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. Public screening and director Q&A.

- January 25th - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, Ontario. A public screening and director Q&A presented by Toronto the Better.


A Guatemalan widow has brought a lawsuit in Canadian Courts against a Canadian mining company over the death of her husband. For more information, visit Rights Action or read this article in Mining Weekly: Guatemalan Widow’s Lawsuit against Hudbay could be Precedent-setting

Choc is represented by Toronto lawyer Murray Klippenstein of Klippensteins LLP. Mr. Klippenstein also represents three Ecuadorian farmers in the Ramírez v. Copper Mesa lawsuit. The events which ultimately led to the Ramírez lawsuit are documented in Under Rich Earth.


Under Rich Earth was referenced in “Bad Neighbours,” in an article by Liisa North about Canadian mining companies in Latin America published in Canadian Dimension Magazine. Click HERE for the Spanish version. The film was also reviewed by University of Manitoba History Professor Henry Heller in the same issue.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

For a recent update on the situation in Intag, see Carlos Zorrilla’s latest blog “Four Years of Impunity” on the DECOIN website: DECOIN

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Friday, November 26, 2010

London Premiere - Best Film (Environment)

Rye Cinema is pleased to announce that Under Rich Earth has won the award for BEST FILM in the Environment category at We the Peoples Film Festival in London, U.K.. The London premiere was on November 24th at the Riverside Studies in Hammersmith. The awards will be presented on November 27th at the National Film Theatre.

In other great news, Under Rich Earth was listed #2 in this week’s CRITICS’ CHOICE in TIME OUT, London’s guide to arts and culture.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

University of Toronto - Panel on Corporate Accountability

Malcolm Rogge, Director of Under Rich Earth, will be presenting on transnational law and corporate accountability at this panel at the University of Toronto law school:

A panel to discuss John McKay’s private member’s Bill C-300: An Act respecting Corporate Accountability for the Activities of Mining, Oil or Gas in Developing Countries

Aimed at creating a corporate accountability framework for the Canadian extractive sector in light of the National CSR Roundtable recommendations of March 2010, Bill C-300 has been controversial and polarizing. Championed by a large number of Canadian and international NGOs and civil society groups, and facing strong opposition from the mining sector and industry representatives, the third reading of this bill is scheduled for late October, 2010. The Law and Development Society has arranged for a panel of experts to discuss the implications of the House vote and C-300 in general. The focus of the panel will be both the desirability of the proposed legislation, along with the legal viability of the bill.

Catherine Coumans - Research Co-ordinator with MiningWatch Canada, a national non-profit supported by environmental, social justice, Aboriginal and labour organisations and addressing issues of threats to public health, the environment and community interests posed by the Canadian extractive sector. Ms. Coumans has been actively involved in MiningWatch’s efforts to advocate on behalf of Bill C-300 since it was introduced in February 2009.

Hon. James S. Peterson P.C, former federal Minister of International Trade between 2003 and 2006 and Secretary of State between 1997 and 2002 and currently Counsel at Fasken Martineau. In May, 2010 Mr. Peterson was appointed Co-Chair of the Canada/US Law Institute. Mr. Peterson represented Fasken Martineau before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development to oppose Bill C-300 in November 2009.

Malcolm Rogge, Toronto-based documentary filmmaker and lawyer, has been examining the justice concerns arising from environmental conflicts related to the global extractive industry, particularly in Latin America and Canada. He has extensive on-the-ground experience with affected communitiesin Latin America. In 2008, he produced and directed the international award winning feature documentary film, Under Rich Earth.

Michael Bourassa, partner at Fasken Martineau and coordinator of the Global Mining Group. Named by Who’s Who Legal as “Mining Lawyer of 2010” and also mentioned in International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers, which has ranked Fasken Martineau as the number one firm for mining legal expertise in the world for 5 years in a row.

Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 12:30 in FLB at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

For more information,  please e-mail
Ben Liston at

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

More Upcoming Screenings

October 3 - Mission, British Columbia (World Community Film Festival)

October 6 - California State University, Chico Campus (presented by the Environmental Action Resource Centre)

October 7 - Boulder, Colorado (Spotlight on the Boulder International Film Festival, Canyon Theatre, 7pm)

October 7 - Warsaw School of Economics (EIKOS Forum), Warsaw, Poland

October 9 - Guelph, Ontario (Benefit for Radio Intag)

October 16 - Krakow, Poland (Watch Docs Traveling Human Rights Film Festival)

October 20(TBC) - University of Toronto Faculty of Law (Presented by Law & Development Society), Toronto

October 28 - Regina International Human Rights Film Festival (University of Regina), Regina

November 24 - Hammersmith, London, U.K. (We The Peoples Film Festival, Riverside Studios, 7pm)

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Festival Screenings in October 2010

Upcoming screenings of Under Rich Earth include:

- the World Community Film Festival in Mission, British Columbia, Canada

- Documentary Competition at the Festival Internacional de Cine Invisible in Bilbao, Spain.

- Regina International Human Rights Film Festival, University of Regina, Saskatchewan. October 28th at 7:30pm followed by a Q&A with Susana Deranger (Indigenous Women Without Borders)

- Warsaw School of Economics, Poland, as part of the OIKOS Forum (Students for Sustainable Economics and Management)

More screenings to be announced soon…

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010



Rye Cinema is pleased to announce that institutional/educational DVDs of
the international award winning Canadian documentary “Under Rich Earth” are
now available from Rye Cinema Distribution.

Under Rich Earth is a powerful and uniquely moving film that has attracted
the attention of film lovers, academics, teachers, industry analysts,
policy-makers, NGO’s, lawyers and politicians in Canada and around the

In a remote mountain village in Ecuador, farmers face the prospect of being
forced off their land to make way for a mining project. Unprotected by the
police and ignored by their government, they prepare to face down the
‘invaders’ on their own. Their resistance leads to a remarkable and historic
stand off between farmers and a band of mysterious armed men hiding in the
cloud forest. Under Rich Earth is a surprising and poignant tale of courage
and determination.

“Urgent and vital filmmaking in the spirit of favourites like Kanehsatake:
270 Years of Resistance and Manufactured Landscapes.”

- Jesse Wente, CBC

“I have shown parts of the film to several of my law classes not only
because it is a good film but mainly because it has influenced the
development of the law.”

- Professor Shin Imai, Osgoode Hall Law School

“A classic example for companies on how not to handle community relations.”
- Editorial, The Northern Miner


Film Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Human Rights, Global Politics, Environment,
Ecology, Mining, Indigenous Peoples, Biodiversity, Global Issues,
Sustainable Development, International Justice, Law Enforcement, Economics,
Latin American Studies.


WINNER - Golden Reel Humanitarian Award - Tiburon International Film
WINNER - Global Conscience Award, Mexico City International Documentary Film
TOP TEN - Vancouver International Film Festival
TOP TEN - Encuentros del Otro Cine, Ecuador
NOMINATED - Coral Award, Best Documentary, Havana Film Festival
NOMINATED - Best Documentary, Hamburg International Independent Film


Toronto International Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Sudbury International Film Festival
BEST.DOKS Munich - Human Rights Films
Havana Film Festival
Mexico City International Documentary Film Festival
Hamburg International Independent Film Festival
Calgary Justice Film Festival
Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Winnipeg Documentary Project
Imagen de los Pueblos, Ecuador
Encuentros del Otro Cine, Ecuador
Sao Paulo International Film Festival
Victoria Film Festival
Cinema Politica Bucharest
Boulder International Film Festival
Watchdocs Warsaw
Tiburon International Film Festival


Running time: 92 minutes
Country of Origin: Canada/Ecuador
Copyright date: 2008
Original Languages: English and Spanish with English subtitles
Versions: French and German versions are currently in production


$295.00 - Institutional/Educational version (PPR) + shipping

To order a copy for your University or College Library, send your purchase
order by email by clicking Rye Cinema Distribution

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Review - Canadian Journal of Development Studies

Osgoode Hall Law School Professor Shin Imai wrote this review, published in a special edition of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies on extractive industries:

- Download PDF

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Under Rich Earth at the 2010 “People’s Summit”

Under Rich Earth screens on Thursday, June 24th at the 2010 People’s Summit as part of the Reel Solutions Documentary Film Series. All screenings are at the Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue). Start time: 7:15pm.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Under Rich Earth at the Parliament Buildings

By invitation from Toronto M.P. John McKay, scenes from Under Rich Earth were screened in June for Canadian parliamentarians and international dignitaries at the Parliament building in Ottawa. The screening was organized by the Honourable John McKay as part of his efforts to gain support for his private members Bill C300 on transnational corporate accountability.

Following the screening, Under Rich Earth Director Malcolm Rogge took part in a panel discussion with three other filmmakers who have recently produced works related to the human rights impact of Canadian mining projects in Latin America. The three other panelists were Jamie Moffat (Director of Return to El Salvador), Emily Wilson (Producer of Undermined) and Steven Schnoor (Director of All that Glitters isn’t Gold).

Left to Right: Jamie Moffat, Steven Schnoor, Malcolm Rogge and The Honourable John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood).

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