Latin America


Sat 12:30 pm Theatre 3

30 minutes 2011

Director: Aitor Miguel

Defensora tells the inspiring story of Berenice Celeyta, the director of NOMADESC (Association for Social Research and Action), a human rights organization- and CoDevelopment Canada partner – that works to educate, defend, and build community-based programs for peace and social justice in south western Colombia. Berenice was recognized for her outstanding work in 1998 with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. She has also been the target of death threats and harassment, most recently in December of last year. Berenice credits national and international solidarity for allowing her to remain in Colombia and continue her work despite the serious ongoing threats.

Tambogrande: Mangoes, Murder, Mining

Sat 1:15 pm Theatre 3

85 minutes 2007

Filmmakers: Stephanie Boyd and Ernesto Cabellos

Adventurous pioneers transform Peru’s harsh northern desert into a fertile valley of mango and lime orchards. But all they have worked for is threatened when gold is discovered under their land. Fear, violence and murder rock their once quiet community. In the midst of chaos, a martyr’s vision unites the farmers and leads them down a revolutionary path of non-violent resistance.

These brave men and women take on corrupt politicians and a Canadian mining company in an epic tale of ordinary people rising to heroic deeds in times of great crisis. In the community of Tambogrande, united action leads to victory.

This film is sponsored by CUSO International.


Sat 2:30 pm Theatre 3

90 minutes 2011

Filmmakers: Juan José Lozano and Hollman Morris

Colombia today: the biggest trial against Paramilitary armies – accused of killing thousands of Colombians – is designed to create “peace and justice.” Instead the process comes to an abrupt halt, when the political and economic interests in the paramilitary war are uncovered. Are the victims’ families doomed to stay victims forever or are they able to fight impunity?

The jury that awarded the Camera Justicia Award to Impunity, described it as “a film that deals with serious crimes against humanity and the sheer impossibility of getting justice despite overwhelming evidence. It is a deeply emotional film, which bravely accuses at least two countries of collusion with impunity for the perpetrator.”

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

Sat 4:30 pm Theatre 3

103 minutes 2011

Filmmakers: Pamela Yates, Peter Kinoy, Paco de Onis

Granito is a story of Guatemala, its turbulent history, and how documentary film footage is being used as courtroom evidence to bring a measure of justice for crimes committed decades ago. In Granito, our characters sift for clues buried in archives, seeking to uncover a narrative that could unlock the past and settle matters of life and death in the present.

Each of the five main characters whose paths cross in Granito are connected by the Guatemala of 1982 where a genocidal “scorched earth” campaign by the military exterminated nearly 200,000 Mayan people. Our characters become integral to the overarching narrative of wrongs done and justice sought that they have pieced together, each adding their granito, their tiny grain of sand, to the epic tale.
Jury Grand Prize, Politics On Film Festival

See also:

Saving the Seed

Via Campesina

A World Without Water

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