Friday, January 21, 2022

El Salvador: the Water Defenders

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Water Defenders El Salvador
In The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved A Country from Corporate Greed, Robin Broad and John Cavanagh tell the harrowing, inspiring saga of Salvadorans' fight — and historic victory — to save their water, and their communities, from Big Gold.

Brazil: Nothing by Accident

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Nothing by Accident Brazil
Alistair Clark reviews Damian Platt's book about organized crime in Rio de Janeiro and asks whether it reflects Brazil more widely.

Stepping softly on the earth

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Stepping Softly on the Earth Marcos Colon
A new film from Marcos Colón interviews indigenous leaders from across the Amazon whose thinking could transform our world as modern extraction and exploitation tip us further towards chaos and the destruction of the planet
After a Covid-mandated hiatus in 2020, CASA Festival returns for the whole month of September, to celebrate connection through a programme of exhibition, installation, performance and film.
Paula Hernandez’s simmering and intimate family drama, The Sleepwalkers, offers a social commentary of few words on the silence around sexual assault within still patriarchal family dynamics.
Anna Muylaert’s documentary film 'Alvorada Palace' captures the stoicism of Brazil's first female president, Dilma Rousseff, in the days and hours leading up to her impeachment.
The short film is intended as an expression of solidarity with the current strike and its title, Desolvido, translates as ‘unforgetting’; evoking a desire not to forget past moments of beauty even in the face of a violent present.

Peru: Stand with Máxima

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A classic David-and-Goliath story, MAXIMA follows the efforts of an indigenous Peruvian farmer and activist, Máxima Acuña, in her battle to protect her land, water and dignity.
Through one character's journey meeting everyday heroes of resistance and telling their stories, Luis Manuel Claps documents the wave of organised resistance to large-scale industrial mining that spread from from the south of Patagonia as far as the Amazon.
A beautifully filmed celebration of traditional ways of knowing, this documentary offers an alternative vision of what true wealth is and what is at stake in the struggle to protect biodiversity.

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