[act-ma] Thurs 10/6 6p conversation with Avi Chomsky on The Good Life + check-in post-10/2 plebiscite for peace in Colombia
Bill Spirito (BASE)
spirito at spanishclassesboston.com
Tue Sep 27 08:10:59 PDT 2016
/The Good Life/is a documentary film selected in 2016 edition of the
Boston Latino International Film Festival, BLIFF
and it is about Tamaquito, a Wayuu community displaced by coal mining in
La Guajira, Colombia.
Years ago you may have heard directly from the then Governor of
Tamaquito, Jairo Fuentes Epiayú while he was in Boston creating
awareness of what our demand for coal was doing to his people and land.
Please see the below synopsis (and see the trailer here
The documentary will be screened at Harvard on Thursday 9/29 at 5:45p in
Tsai Auditorium at 1730 Cambridge Street, and the cost of admission is
There will also be a free screening on Sat. 10/1 at 4:15pm at
Northeastern in West Village F Room # 20, 40 Leon St., Boston.
Following this screening there will be a Q&A with Professor Avi
Chomsky, History and Latin American Studies Professor at Salem State
University, and expert on communities displaced by mining in La Guajira.
The village of Tamaquito lies in the forests of Colombia. Here, nature
provides the people with everything they need. But the Wayúu community’s
way of life is being destroyed by the vast and rapidly growing El
Cerrejón coal mine. Determined to save his community from forced
resettlement, young and charismatic leader Jairo Fuentes sets out to
negotiate with the mine’s operators. They’re backed by powerful global
resources companies such as Glencore, Anglo American and BHP Billiton
and communicating with their representatives isn’t easy. The villagers
are promised the blessings of progress, but the Wayúu place no value on
modern, electrified houses – on the so-called “better life.” Instead,
they embark on a fight to save their life in the forest, which soon
becomes a fight to survive. “La Buena Vida” (The Good Life) is the story
of the Wayúu community, set against a global backdrop of rising energy
consumption being driven by the pursuit of growth and affluence.
At both events Wayuu shoulder bags (such as the one in the photo below)
will be on sale, and 100% of the proceeds will go to the displaced
communities. They can be purchased on line here
They cost $25 (for small ones) and $50 (for large ones).
The week following the screenings on Thursday 10/6 at 6p there will be a
discussion with the Professor Chomsky following up on the film as well
as on the 10/2 plebiscite for the peace accords just signed in Colombia.
This will be held at CIC on the 16th floor at 50 Milk St. in Downtown
Boston in the room Edison (passing through the reception area). You'll
need to present a photo id at the security desk.
More information about the Act-MA