April 22, 2014 – Defensora Screening

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WHERE: NORTHROP FRYE HALL, room 003 (NF 003), University of Toronto (steps from Museum Station at Charles Street West and Queen’s Park)

WHEN: April 22 at 5pm

WHAT: Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, in co-operation with the department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Latin American Studies program at U of T, wish to invite you to a screening of Defensora.

This documentary follows the Maya Q’eqchi’ community of El Estor, Guatemala in their search for justice. Members of this community allege that they have been faced with violence, forced evacuations and other human rights violations in the wake of Canadian mining expansion into their ancestral lands. The company involved is Toronto based Hudbay Minerals. Defensora tells the story of a precedent setting resistance movement that has successfully brought these claims to be tried in Canadian courts.

The documentary will be followed by a report back from MISN member Rachel Blume Small who has just returned from a fact-finding mission to El Estor as well as Grahame Russel of Rights Action, the organisation behind the production of Defensora. Professor Rodríquez of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will and activist Juan Carlos Jimenez,  will bring to light other cases of mining-related injustices throughout the Americas.
For more information about the event, please contact Kelsey Cunningham at kelsey.cunningham@utoronto.ca



Defensora_PreviewTrailer from 6kidsProductions on Vimeo.


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