Wellington film screening: Choropampa, The Price of Gold

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Wellington film screening: Choropampa, The Price of Gold

“Long ago the Spanish used weapons to kill our ancestors and take our wealth. Now they only need to contaminate us and take our wealth from under our noses.”
- Julia Carrasco, farmer, Choropampa

Free film screening
Wednesday July 7th, 7:30pm
Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba Street

On June 2nd, 2000, a truck from South America’s largest gold mine spilled 151 kilograms of liquid mercury, contaminating three villages in Peru’s northern Andean mountains. The mining company admits that over 900 people were poisoned, but villagers say the real number is much higher.

The villagers’ courageous struggle for health care and justice inspired the documentary Choropampa, The Price of Gold.

“Each time I return to Choropampa, people have grown weaker, as though a terrible plague has befallen the village. Many are losing their sight and motor-skills, their hands tremble uncontrollably, they have difficulty walking and some are even paralized. They die of mysterious illnesses, and yet the company and Peruvian government insist the “mercury problem” has been resolved.”
- Stephanie Boyd (co-director/co-producer)

Organised by the Wellington branch of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement