3RD TORONTO MAPUCHE SOLIDARITY FILM FESTIVAL
In memory of our WEICHAFE [WARRIORS] MATIAS CATRILEO & ALEX LEMUN, & the many others who have been murdered by the repressive forces of the Chilean State.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH & SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH
OISE ROOM 5160 – 252 BLOOR STREET WEST
*ALL INTERNATIONAL FILMS WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES*
Suggested donation $10 per day at the door (No one turned away for lack of funds)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1403603649942635
Organized by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]An OPIRG Toronto Action Group
Endorsed By: Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, OPIRG Toronto, No More Silence, Rising Tide Toronto
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27TH, 2015:
OISE room 5160
Celebrating the 9th Anniversary of KANONHSTATON, the Six Nations of the Grand River Reclamation Site
- With Chilean Empanadas (Vegan Options available)
6:30PM: THE EXCLUSIVE PREMIER SCREENING OF
MY NEIGHBOUR: THE THERMOELECTRIC PLANT, Chile 2010 [45 minutes]
An eye opening documentary on the establishment of three thermoelectric plants in fisherman’s town “Caleta Lo Rojas” of Coronel, located the southern regions of so-called Chile. The film depicts the plants, which are located in the middle of residential neighbourhoods, being rigorously protested by members of the community, whom have developed a series of health and environmental concerns over their presence. Featuring exclusive footage depicting the conflict between members of the community against energy giant ENDESA Inc, and repressive police forces.
7:30PM: SIX NATIONS DOCUMENTARY SHORTS. Featuring MISSY ELLIOT directly from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, and others introducing the films.
DAY ZERO: THE OPP RAID ON KANONHSTATON, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory 2006, [45 minutes].
The film depicts an on-the-ground view of Six Nations community members responding to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) raid on the Six Nations Reclamation site of Kanonhstaton (The Protected Place), next to the small town of Caledonia, Ontario, on April 20th 2006. It is an authentic look at the resilience of indigenous community mobilization in the midst of police and State repression.
INSIDE THE OCCUPATION, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory 2006, [30 minutes].
Further examining the reasons behind the Six Nations Reclamation of the Douglas Creek Estates [Kanonhstaton], the documentary short explores the history behind the Haldimand track and treaty process, political relationship between Six Nations, the Crown and the Canadian Governments, as well as the ongoing tensions between settlers and indigenous peoples in Caledonia, ON.
9PM: NGÜENÉN. THE DECEIT, Wallmapu 2012 [75 minutes]
See trailer: http://vimeo.com/67594071
A documentary made by the directors of “El Despojo” (The Plunder) focusing on the international political dynamics of the “War on Terror,” and the counterintelligence strategies used to criminalize the Mapuche struggle for Autonomy and Territorial Reclamation.
Chilean Prosecutor, Mario Elgueta, whom was the alleged victim of an annihilating attack in southern Chile, was also a student in an FBI and CSIS antiterrorist course in Virginia USA. Later, the events became grounds for 17 Mapuche land defenders to face trial under the Antiterrorist Law, at first risking a total of up to 800 years in prison; four bicentennials on the backs of those who oppose the arrogance of the Chilean State. A must see film on the ongoing criminalization of the indigenous Mapuche struggle.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH:
OISE room 5160
4PM: THE EPIC CUBAN CLASSIC
I AM CUBA, Cuba (ICAIC) 1964 [140 minutes]
See Trailer here: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi3666870553
Hidden away in the Soviet and Cuban archives for three decades, Mikhail Kalatov’s masterpiece “I Am Cuba” is a celebration of the Cuban Revolution’s uprising in an epic tale through both the sensuous decadence of Batista’s Havana and the grinding poverty and oppression of the Cuban people. Sergei Urusevsky’s astonishingly acrobatic camera captures wild, panoramic scenes reminiscent of Cuba’s golden age of socialist realism on film, succeeding in evoking empathy for the struggles of the characters and their often desperate situations. In four stories of the revolution the viewer is taken on a rapturous roller-coaster ride of bathing beauties and rich Americans juxtaposed with ramshackle slums, depicting the struggle of landless peasants, and student revolutionaries against fascist police.
6:30PM: ROQUE DALTON. LET’S SHOOT THE NIGHT, El Salvador/Austria 2013 [86 minutes]
See trailer here: http://vimeo.com/83875108
“Roque Dalton, let’s shoot the night!” is a poetic documentary on the life of the renowned Salvadorian poet (1935 – 1975). His life: a novel of adventures. His poetry: the explosion of sparks between political utopia and enthusiasm, between revolutionary conviction and obsession for heresy. Sentenced to death by the Salvadorian dictatorships for subversive activities, Roque Dalton managed to escape execution twice, living in exile within Mexico, Hungary and especially Cuba, where the revolutionary government allowed for the greater development of his works.
Roque assisted in giving rise to the first guerilla groups in El Salvador, including the People’s Revolutionary Army (ERP). However, he was then the victim of fractionalism and divisions, which led to his assassination at the hands of his own comrades, circumstances that remain unclear even today. The film presents the testimonies and memories of friends, family and comrades in arms, recreating the Daltonian path towards decolonization of words, fully aware that decolonization cannot fully by achieved with solely the written word, as was Roque Dalton’s legacy.
8PM: THE TREASURE OF THE ANDES. BARRICK GOLD & THE PLUNDER OF PASCUA LAMA, Chile 2011
See trailer here: http://tu.tv/videos/el-oro-de-pascualama-trailer-document
SAKURA SAUNDERS to speak from the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network on the impacts of Barrick Gold in Latin America.
Gold extinguishes water and contaminates all the products necessary for its extraction. Gold despises everything, except the dream it embodies. From the plains of the valley of El Guasco, the stage of the Atacama Desert (the driest dessert in the world), the film explores the environmental, social and political damages and repercussions of Canadian mining giant, Barrick Gold Corp’s Pascua Lama gold mine. Interviewing local community members, indigenous Diaguita peoples, environmental experts, politicians and the very executives of Barrick Gold themselves, questioning the company’s environmental expertise as well as their political and economic alliances.
Presented by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]
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