The 2010 NC Latin American Film Festival is proud to present four titles that address the environment with a social justice component as part of the programing for November 2010.

Please spread the word and join us in these and other free and open to the public screenings.

Tuesday, November 2 | 7 pm.  John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240, Duke University, Durham, NC

Wednesday, November 17|  7 pm.  Bryan Building, Room 160, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC

 ¿Que pasa despues de la coca? / Coca Lives

Roberto Lanza, Juan C. Gomez Millo. (Bolivia, 2006) 88 min.

Today, there are 70,000 families in Bolivia whose lives depend exclusively on the ancestral farming of the coca leaf. This practice has been declared illegal for the past 12 years in Bolivia. The US has monitored the application of the law and has engineered consistent military and economic pressure. What are the real motives and consequences behind the US campaign to wipe out the coca leaf culture? Spanish, Quechua, Aymara with English subtitles.

Wednesday, November 3 | 7pm. Bryan Building, Room 160, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Wednesday, November 10  | 7pm. Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center. UNC-CH                         

Terras/ Lands. Maya Da-rin. (Brazil, 2009) 75 min.

Three countries, two towns, the forest. On the triple frontier between Brazil, Colombia and Peru, the twin towns of Letícia and Tabatinga form an urban island surrounded by the Amazon rain-forest. Cut-off from the economic centers of its respective countries by the forest and the distance, this border is characterized by the constant transit of people and exchange of goods, the incessant sound of motorcycles and radios, the mixture of traditional and technological knowledge and the presence of different cultures and nationalities. Following the ordinary events and the constant coming and going of people along the border, Terras portrays the presence and the influence of the frontier on the lives of its inhabitants.  Portuguese and Spanish with English subtitles.

Friday, November 12  | 7 pm.  John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240, Duke University, Durham, NC

Pascua Lama. A contemporary quest for El Dorado. Carolina García, Gloria García. (Chile, 2007) 64 min.

 “Pascua Lama: A Contemporary Quest for El Dorado” explores the complicated dynamics of the mining industry in Chile. Focusing on the mining project called Pascua Lama, being developed by the Canadian Barrick Gold Corporation in Northern Chile, this documentary dives into the reality of developing countries which, due to unwilling governments who lack long-term vision, sell their natural resources without considering sustainable development strategies for their communities, thus fostering a new model of dependence (some say neo-colonization) sponsored by the corporate developed world. Environmental impact, social upheaval, public and foreign policy entangled in this poetic but well rounded film.  Spanish and English with English subtitles.

Special event:

Sunday, November 14  | Fedex Global Education Center, UNC Chapel Hill

Sunday, November 14  |6pm to 7pm                                                                                                         


Litigating Indigenous Rights and the Environment in Latin America
By Steven Donziger

Fedex Global Education Center Room 1005. UNC-Chapel Hill
301 Pittsboro St (corner of McCauley and Pittsboro--parking in garage free)

pizza and drinks served

followed by a screening of "Crude"
Parking is available for free

Sunday, November 14 | 7 pm - 9pm

Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Crude: The real price of oil.  Joe Berlinger. (Ecuador/USA, 2009) 90 min

With introduction by Steven Donziger.

This film is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial environmental lawsuits on the planet. The inside story of the infamous “Amazon Chernobyl” case, Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama, set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking, exploring a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus. The landmark case takes place in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador, pitting 30,000 indigenous and colonial rainforest dwellers against the U.S. oil giant Chevron. The plaintiffs claim that Texaco – which merged with Chevron in 2001 – spent three decades systematically contaminating one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, poisoning the water, air and land. The plaintiffs allege that the pollution has created a “death zone” in an area the size of the Rhode Island, resulting in increased rates of cancer, leukemia, birth defects, and a multiplicity of other health ailments. They further allege that the oil operations in the region contributed to the destruction of indigenous peoples and irrevocably impacted their traditional way of life. Chevron vociferously fights the claims, charging that the case is a complete fabrication, perpetrated by “environmental con men” who are seeking to line their pockets with the company’s billions. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Q&A following the film / Reception to follow.

About Steven Donziger

Steven Donziger and Joe Berlinger in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

For the last 16 years Mr. Donziger has been a leading figure in the court case brought by indigenous Ecuadorian peoples against Chevron-Texaco, first in the United States and later in Ecuadorian courts. As legal advisor to the Ecuadorian legal team he is seeking compensation and clean up of oil contamination and waste in an area of Ecuador roughly the size of Rhode Island. Currently he practices criminal defense law and international environmental law in New York City.

Mr. Donziger is also a leading national expert on crime policy and youth violence. He worked as a freelance journalist for United Press International, filing more than 150 stories from Central America over the course of four years in the 1980s before receiving his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991. Mr. Donziger is the former director of the National Criminal Justice Commission, a private organization composed of 34 national and international leaders in the field of criminal justice, which in 1996 released the first comprehensive study of American crime policy since the 1968 Kerner Commission. He has also served as a trial attorney for the District of Columbia Public Defender Service in Washington, DC, where he represented juveniles and adults in criminal court.