Northland Films announces Canada Premiere of “Gold Fever”
Contact: Andrew Sherburne, Producer, Northland Films, 319-331-0791, email@example.com, www.northlandfilms.com
GOLD FEVER shines spotlight on Vancouver-based Goldcorp Inc’s “Marlin Mine” in Guatemala
VANCOUVER, BC — Gold Fever, the sobering documentary about Goldcorp’s massive gold mine in Guatemala’s San Marcos Department, will have its Canadian Premiere on July 6. Part of the Vancouver International Film Festival’s series “After Effects: Guatemala and El Salvador,” the feature documentary will screen July 6, 7:15pm at the Vancity Theatre, with a panel discussion and filmmaker Q&A.
Imagine gold “as far as the eye can see”
Gold Fever witnesses the arrival of Vancouver-based Goldcorp Inc. to a remote village in the gold-rich Guatemalan highlands. 500 years after the conquistadors, and still reeling from decades of US-backed repression, Diodora, Crisanta and Gregoria are caught in the crosshairs of another global frenzy for gold. Together with their community, they resist the threat to their ancestral lands in the face of grave consequences.
Gold Fever’s Canadian Premiere is a timely reminder of ongoing violence, environmental harm and resource exploitation in Guatemala. In May, a three-judge panel found former Guatemalan General and former ‘de facto’ president Efrain Rios Montt guilty of genocide against the Mayan Ixil people during the armed internal conflict of the 1980s. The trial is now in appeals.
In the same month, the sitting Guatemalan government – headed up by another former army general, Otto Perez Molina – ordered a state of siege in the mining-impacted community of San Rafael Los Flores, suspending constitutional rights in response to protests against a new open-pit mine operated by Tahoe Resources, which is 40% owned by Goldcorp.