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The Devil Operation

Stephanie Boyd

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Festival year: 2011

While filming protests of Peruvian farmers against an American mining corporation that pollutes their country, a documentary maker discovers evidence of foul play. The farmers receive support from local priest Marco Arana. The Devil Operation is nothing short of a political thriller.

Synopsis

In the Cajamarca region, in the Peruvian Andes, back in 2001 a conflict erupts over the plans by the Yanacocha gold mine to expand its activities to a holy mountain. Mountain people discover that their drinking water has been contaminated by the operations of the American mining corporation. The community puts up a resistance. Thanks to the mediation of local priest Marco Arana in 2004, bloodshed can be avoided. But then, Arana and a group of environmental activists find out that they are tailed and that pictures are taken of them. Threats and intimidation are rife, and one person even gets killed. Who is keeping an eye on them?
Documentary maker Stephanie Boyd, who directed previous films on abuses in Peru’s mining industry, initially plan to film protesting farmers, but she gradually discovers that this gold mine has more secrets to hide. Based on archives, interviews with those concerned and her personal findings, Boyd explains what proverbial Goliath has thrown himself upon David.

Credits

Peru, Canada 2010, 69 min.

Documentary,

Spoken language: Spanish, English, Quechua

Subtitles: English

Official website: http://www.guarango.org/diablo

Productions:

Asociación Quisca in collaboration with Asociación Guarango Cine y Video

estefanitaboyd@hotmail.com, sboyd@guarango.org

+51 85 508389

www.guarango.org/diablo

Dutch distribution:

IDFA Bertha Fund

idfaberthafund@idfa.nl

+31 206273329

www.idfa.nl/idfaberthafund

World sales:

Sideways Film

info@sidewaysfilm.com

+44 7881473603

www.sidewaysfilm.com

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When & where?

  • Friday, March 25, 2011 - 19:15

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 2

  • Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 16:30

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 4

  • Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 21:30

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 6

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