Tue, 12/03/2013 (All day) - Fri, 15/03/2013 (All day)

where: Campus Sociale Wetenschappen, Auditorium AV 00.17 (next to Pangaea), (Parkstraat 49 / Vesaliusstraat / Edward Van Evenstraat), Leuven, Belgium

Start: 20.00h

Entrance: Free




Lithium, vloek of zegen? (Bolivia, 2010, Raf Custers)

De helft van de wereldvoorraad lithium zit in het grote zoutmeer van Uyuni in Zuid-Bolivië. Lithium is het lichtste metaal. Het dient onder meer om herlaadbare batterijen voor elektrische auto's te maken. Maar profiteert de Boliviaanse bevolking mee? Kan het de armoede uit Bolivia bannen? Wie zijn de kapers op de kust? Wat zijn de gevolgen voor de landbouw en het milieu?

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A cielo abierto (Mexico, 2007, José Luis Matias y Carlos Pérez Rojas)

Mexico’s largest gold deposit is found in El Carrizalillo, Guerrero, where the people live in grinding poverty. In early 2007, community landholders organized in order to seek a fair annual lease payment and social benefits for the communtiy from the Canadian transnational company Goldcorp Mining.

A cielo abierto is the story of a people who organized, fought and won.




Apaga y vamonos (Chili, 2005, Manel Mayol i Riera, SP/sub ENG)

The Bío Bío River is the longest river in Chile and a symbol of the Mapuche Indians’ identity. The story is set in the idyllic and rural lake area. After centuries of consecutive invasions, in 2004 the Spanish multinational Endesa caused the final blow by expropriating the land. The river banks of the Bío Bío will be inundated to build a dam, the world’s biggest dam for electricity generation. There will be no benefits for the local population, however, and the traditional Patagonian scenery will be altered completely. The Chilean, (democratic!) government has been able to suppress local uprising during the last decade, and takes sides with the Spanish power company.


In the heart of Conga (Peru, 2012, Isabel Guarniz, SP/sub ENG)

This documentary was filmed in the region of Cajamarca in the north of Peru in 2012. Cajamarca is host to one of the largest goldmines in the world, principally owned by the American Mining Corporation Newmont. In the 20 years of its mining activity, the region has seen virtually no development and continues to be one of the poorest and least developed areas of Peru. However, Newmont is one of the wealthiest mining companies in the world and now, in spite of a horrendous history of a complete lack of environmental and social responsibility, the company plans to implement a new mining project: Conga.