Din, 24/02/2015 (Hele dag) - Don, 26/02/2015 (Hele dag)

Een veelbelovende 7e editie van het Doculatino filmfestival zal plaatsvinden in Leuven, Mechelen en Antwerpen. Met diepgaande documentaires over de grondstoffenproblematiek nemen we u dit jaar niet enkel mee naar Latijns Amerika, maar ook worden de grote mijnreuzen van Europa uit de doeken gedaan. Vanuit verschillende perspectieven, met de focus op de socio-ecologische gevolgen en ingeleid door getuigenissen en achtergrondinformatie worden verschillende conflictsituaties belicht. Een sterke aanrader!


A promising 7th edition of the Doculatino filmfestival takes place in Leuven, Mechelen and Antwerp. With profound documentaries about issues of natural resource exploitation we won’t take you only to Latin America, but also the question about big mine giants in Europe will be raised. Out of different perspectives, with the focus on socio-ecological consequences and introduced by testimonies and background information, different conflicts will be highlighted. Enough food for thought!


Inkom: Vrije bijdrage/ oude gsm

Entrance: Free Contribution/ old cell phone


Leuven AV 02.17 Campus Sociale wetenschappen 20-23h

Andreas Vealiusstraat 34

24/02/2015        Rosia Montana, a Town on the Brinck (Romania) - 1h38minutes

25/02/2015        Del Vent al Blau (Peru, Ecuador) - 1h03 minutes

26/02/2015        Oil and Water (Ecuador) -  1h18 minutes



Rosia Montana, a Town on the Brink (Romania)

Goldrush in the Carpathians.

Roșia Montană has been thrown into a state of disarray ever since the arrival of a Romanian gold mining corporation with powerful Canadian shareholders. The corporation is planning on razing a large portion of the town and its surroundings to the ground in order to gain access to the rock there, which happens to hold the largest gold deposits in Europe. The mining process will involve the use of highly toxic cyanide to extract the gold from the rock.  Arguably a necessary risk to spur economic development in the area and bring jobs in the region, but potentially fatal for the local environment and the beautiful landscape.
The people are poised to lose their homes. Many of them have chosen resettlement in big cities, but a small group of inhabitants are battling against the Company and defending their homes with all they have. The pressure continues to rise in Roșia Montană, not least of all due to the high price of gold these days. A long-standing fight of the people in a deeply divided village where the division between opponents and supporters of the mining project even splits families down the middle.


Del Vent al Blau (South America)          


A filmed diary of a traveler-filmmaker who tramps on his own through Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, sculpturing images of his own spirituality, loneliness and his personal sensation of freedom. In an essay-like composition "into the blue" rotates on two axes - Mankind and Nature and the relationship between them. The film is intended as a critical reflection about two aspects: the growing alienation, more and more criticized, between Mankind and Nature and the negative consequences which derive from the current model of development, which is highly unsustainable and lacks solidarity as it is based on the overexploitation of the planet´s natural resources; it lacks solidarity because it provokes and stresses the inequalities among the human population and reduces biodiversity, causing damage to all other species.
Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia are poor countries because they are rich in natural resources. During centuries the first world was fed (and continues to be fed) on the natural resources of the above countries without granting real benefits to their -mainly indigenous - population, rather on the contrary.
"into the blue" is an intimate and reflective film; a poem to nature and life devoid of artificiality, and at the same time a portrait of the excluded and abandoned part of humanity living at the margins.


Oil and Water (Ecuador)

Oil & Water is the true story of two boys coming of age as they each confront one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. Hugo and David were born on opposite ends of the oil pipeline. Hugo comes to America to fight for the survival of his Cofan tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while David goes to Ecuador to launch the world’s first company to certify oil as “fair trade.” Their journeys lead them to explore what could be a more just future, not just for the Cofan, but for all people around the world born with oil beneath their feet.

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