IA Events

Film screening: 'Suarez Gold: Afro-Colombian Miners Defending Their Heritage'

Publication date: May 1, 2013 10:31:18 AM

Start: May 17, 2013 5:30:00 PM
End: May 17, 2013 8:00:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ

UCL - Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA), in conjunction with ABColombia, is pleased to invite you to the screening of “Suarez Gold: Afro-Colombian Miners Defending Their Heritage” (H.Morris).

A Minority Rights Group International production by acclaimed Colombian filmmaker Hollman Morris, this beautifully-filmed documentary takes us on journey to Colombia’s Cauca region. We hear of the Afro-Colombian community of La Toma’s brave, and sometimes deadly struggle, to prevent the invasion of mining companies and defend their ancestral livelihoods at all costs.

Afro-Colombians have been carrying out small-scale mining in Colombia's Cauca region since their ancestors settled there in 1637. Today their descendants continue to chip away at the red rock in search of gold, seeing it not only as a means for earning a modest living, but also as an activity deeply linked to their culture. Between 2002 and 2010, Colombia's government gave out 7,500 mining exploration titles to national and foreign companies eager to exploit the country's precious resources.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Louise Winstanley of ABColombia.

View the trailer: http://minorityvoices.org/news.php/en/905/

Entrance is free, but you are strongly advised to register your attendance.