Screened this for the first time yesterday and it generated a lot of discussion, so I thought I’d share. It’s powerful and very well done. Highly recommended. Plus, the whole thing is available to watch free online:
Open Pit from River of Life on Vimeo.
Accolade Award winning Feature Documentary “Open Pit” is a tour de force of investigative journalism and guerilla filmmaking that reveals the vicious face of “dirty gold” in Peru. A film by Gianni Converso. Produced by Daniel Santana and Gianni Converso.
In the heart of Cajamarca, Newmont Mining Corporation operates the Yanacocha Gold Mine, one of the largest Open Pit mining operations in the world.
Using the cyanide leach process, Newmont Mining has come to define “dirty gold” for a generation of Campecinos – the indigenous people who have lived at the top of the Peruvian Andes since the Inca civilization.
Faced with devastating mercury pollution, heavy metals and acid mine drainage, the people of Cajamarca fight a desperate battle to defend their water resources, their families – and their way of life.
Backed by money from the International Finance Corporation and The World Bank, Newmont Mining enforces their business model through corruption, intimidation and violence.
Open Pit is a tour de force of investigative journalism and guerilla filmmaking that reveals the vicious face of “dirty gold” in Peru.
Very good news, even if only temporary: Brazil judge halts work on Belo Monte Amazon dam
Indigenous tribes have been protesting against the project for years
A judge in Brazil has ordered a halt to construction of a multi-billion-dollar dam project in the Amazon region.
Judge Carlos Castro Martins barred any work that would interfere with the natural flow of the Xingu river.
He ruled in favour of a fisheries group which argued that the Belo Monte dam would affect local fish stocks and could harm indigenous families who make a living from fishing.
The government says the dam is crucial to meeting growing energy needs.
Judge Martins barred the Norte Energia company behind the project from “building a port, using explosives, installing dikes, building canals and any other infrastructure work that would interfere with the natural flow of the Xingu river, thereby affecting local fish stocks”.
More at BBC.
Bad news, very well reported (full documentary debuts tomorrow — Thursday — at 8pm):
More at The Guardian.
And another very interesting video — about the immigrant experience in São Paulo — that I first saw today. I like this method of telling stories:
Somos São Paulo [We Are São Paulo]. 6 bilhões de Outros from GoodPlanet on Vimeo.
Brilliant reporting, and completely shocking that they got this on tape.
Kurt Trennepohl, head of Brazilian environmental agency IBAMA, interviewed by Australian reporter. He kicks the camera out but forgets he’s still got a mic on (8:20): “You have the Aborigines there, you didn’t respect them.” “So you’re going to do to the Indians what we did to the Aborigines?” “Yes! Yes!”
Young people march, chant, and agitate against bullfighting in the Colombian capital of Bogota. February was the national month for bullfighting, and the protest ended at the Santamaria bull ring, with protesters yelling across a line of impassive police: “Assassins! Assassins!” More >
Voters in the Chapinero neighborhood of Bogota. Today Colombians voted in congressional elections. The music is from a band that was playing nearby.