Gold Fever

Saturday 28th June 3.30pm

JT Haines | 2013 | Guatemala/ USA | 83min / 55min
Tragic and inspiring, Gold Fever witnesses the arrival of Goldcorp Inc to a remote Guatemalan village. 500 years after the conquistadors invaded, and still reeling from decades of US-backed repression, the Mayans of San Miguel Ixtahuacán find themselves on the front lines of an increasingly globalized world. Together with members of their divided community, and in the face of grave consequences, Diodora, Crisanta and Gregoria resist the threat to their ancestral lands.
Meanwhile, in the North, fearful investors flock to gold and some call for the return of the gold standard. Commentators Noam Chomsky, Magalí Rey Rosa, and “economic hitman” John Perkins draw connections between the stratospheric power of Wall Street and San Miguel’s struggle, asking “what is the value of the one place we have to live?”
Winner of the Rigoberta Menchú Grand Prix at the 2013 Montreal First Peoples Festival, Gold Fever is a hard-hitting documentary about the destructive and exploitative impacts of transnational mining. Featuring Noam Chomsky.
Spanish with English Subtitles
Sinopsis | Fiebre del Oro atestigua la llegada de la empresa multinacional Goldcorp Inc (Montaña Exploradora) a San Marcos, Guatemala, donde los habitantes se encuentran en una encrucijada de un frenesí global por el oro. Diodora, Crisanta, y Gregoria, junto a la comunidad de San Miguel Ixtahuacán, deberán resistir la amenaza a sus tierras ancestrales con posibles y graves consecuencias.
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Background on Guatemala & Mining

Canadian mining companies now operate some of the largest gold and silver projects in Guatemala. The Guatemalan government has not lived up to its human rights obligations in granting these licences and nearly a decade of mining-related conflict has resulted. For Mayan peoples in Guatemala, land and territory are fundamental to cultural identity and defence of their territories is central to their survival.
Non-Indigenous communities also find their rights and freedoms under threat. This becomes painfully clear when they oppose unwanted mines.

A disturbing pattern of violence and intimidation of human rights defenders opposed to mining developments has emerged in Guatemala. Amnesty International has documented threats, shootings, sexual assaults, and killings of human rights defenders who have raised concerns about several
Canadian-operated mining projects. Mining for construction materials, metals and non-metallic minerals is the foundation of Guatemala’s
economic development plan. To date, the State has granted hundreds of mining licenses. Total mining production in the country was valued at nearly US $1billion in 20111
There is widespread concern about metals mining in Guatemala. A 2012 national poll estimated that 2/3 of Guatemalans oppose mining. However, the issue is divisive: some residents support mining and the jobs mines bring to impoverished regions. Others oppose mining projects over concerns about environmental impacts or human rights harms.