'Gold Fever' screening for worldwide discussion on mining
Media Release 11-10-2013
Coromandel Watchdog of Haurakito host Gold Fever
Global Screening Day event in Thames
Documentary film screening part of a worldwide discussion on mining harms
On October 17, Thameswill join dozens of communities worldwide to screen Gold Fever, an “eye-opening and inspiring” documentary about the arrival of Goldcorp Inc to a remote Guatemalan village.
The screening, presented byCoromandel Watchdog of Hauraki,will take placeThursday October 17 at 7.00pm atthe Kauaeranga Valley Hall, Thames. Admission isfree and the public is welcome. Following the screening of the film Watchdog willhost a discussion of the film.
“We know that gold mining has been a hot issue in this area for a long time and many people have successfully opposed mining in Hauraki/Coromandel for over 30 years,” said Coromandel Watchdog Coordinator Renee Annan. “By hosting a screening of Gold Fever as part of Global Screening Day wehope to highlight the harms to health, community and environment broughtby transnational industrial mining overseas and the connections to our own communitieshere. As part of a global action, we hope to raise visibility of these issues here inThamesand show our support, alongside dozens of other communities worldwide.”
Winner of the Rigoberta Menchú Grand Prix at the 2013 Montreal First Peoples Festival, Gold Feveris a hard-hitting documentary about three women resisting a transnational gold mine in their community. Viewing the film, as part of Global Screening Day, is anopportunity to both learn about and discuss the issues, and to show solidarity with people—like Diodora, Crisanta, and Gregoria—experiencing globalized resource extraction.
Dozens of groups, large and small, will screen Gold Feveraround the world on October 17. For a map and details of the campaign visit: www.goldfevermovie.com/screening-day
“Watchdog plans to tour this movie through the rest of the peninsula over the summer,” said Ms Annan.
For trailer, screenings and more information: www.goldfevermovie.com
“Beautifully-made. Sobering and tragic, but ultimately empowering.”
—The Yes Men
“Eye-Opening and Inspiring”
—The Georgia Straight
“Tests Guatemalan society’s willingness to confront what might be today’s biggest challenge: overcoming the social unrest caused by the massive extraction of natural resources.”
—Uli Stelzner, Muestra de Cine Internacional Memoria Verdad Justicia, Guatemala