Join us for five days full of festival goodness April 24 - 28, 2013. All screenings will take place at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, located at 149 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.
Open Pit, a feature documentary, explores the impacts of gold mining, one of the most lucrative industries in the world. In the remote highlands of Cajamarca in Peru operates the Yanacocha mine, the most profitable gold mine in the world. Constantly taking over more land and impacting the environment, the mine is conflicting with the natives and their way of life based on agriculture and farming. The film gives an intimate look into the lives of native populations in Peru, their customs and traditions currently being threatened by the world’s intense demand for gold. The film also explores the impacts of gold mining on the social, economic and political life of the country.
Speaker PanelArno Kopecky
Arno Kopecky is a travel writer and journalist whose dispatches on globalization and the environment have appeared in The Walrus, Foreign Policy, the Globe and Mail, the Tyee, Reader's Digest, and other publications. His first book, The Devil's Curve (Douglas & McIntyre, 2012), explores the impact of Canadian mining and oil companies in Peru and Colombia, where he spent a year traveling in the wake of Free Trade Agreements Canada signed with both countries in 2009/2010. He is based in Squamish, BC.