Marmato: A Documentary on Threats, Protection and Peace in Colombia
October 22, 2014 - 6:00pm
A documentary screening of Marmato, followed by panel discussion on threatened human rights defenders. This event marks 20 Years of Peace Brigades International’s accompaniment of threatened human rights defenders in Colombia and the Ottawa
Tickets: $12 general admission, $8 for unwaged/Mayfair members/students. Buy tickets at box office up to five hours before the screening.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. Film at 6:30 p.m. with panel to follow. Reception at 9 p.m.
If Colombia is the focal point of the new global gold rush then Marmato, a mining town with over 500 years of history, is the new frontier. In its mountain there are $20 billion dollars in gold, but its 8,000 inhabitants are at risk of being displaced by an open-pit mining project. Marmato chronicles how the townspeople confront a Canadian mining company that wants the gold beneath their homes.
Filmed over the course of 6 years, Marmato is a canvas of magic realism and the confrontation with globalized mining. Variety calls it "a highly conscientious debut feature" with "equal parts passion and compassion." In 2014 it screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival and opened Hot Docs in Toronto. Click here to watch clips.
For more information on the work on Peace Brigades International in Colombia and the organizations we accompany, please visit www.pbicolombia.com.
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