When anti-government protests erupted in Colombia in April, the neighbourhood of Siloé in Cali quickly became an epicentre of resistance. Our guest writer, Jahfrann, was there with the medical mission "ESCONDIDA". He describes a nightmarish scene in which the instinct to preserve life is driven underground by state repression.
It's not all plain sailing for mining companies. Communities at Cerro Colorado in Chile have put up stiff opposition to BHP, whose mine threatens water supplies from a key a key aquifer. And peasants in Huamachuco, Peru, staged a massive protest against mining in their province.
The collaborative work of 10 indigenous filmmakers, this short film offers an insight into the lives of the Avá group of Guarani-Kaiowá people in Brazil, whose land is shrinking and whose lives are increasingly threatened by outside influences.
Shady River (Río Turbio), named after the mining town in northwest Argentina in which it is set, explores the gendered space of the mine, giving voice to a collective of marginalised women and shedding light on the tragedies that haunt the town of Río Turbio.