Claudia Sparrow | USA
88 min | Partial Subtitles
MAXIMA tells the story of Máxima Acuña, a subsistence farmer from the Peruvian highlands, who is standing up to one of the largest gold mining companies in the world.
Máxima is fearlessly fighting for her rights to live her life the way her family has for hundreds of years. She comes from a family of farmers and never learned to read or write. To her, water and land are life and must be protected at all costs because without them it is impossible to survive. As we witness Máxima’s way of life, we learn in her own words how it is all in danger of disappearing.
A multi-billion-dollar mining project has put her livelihood and the life of hundreds of thousands like her, along with the beautiful mountains, lakes, and water systems, at risk of being destroyed forever.
Event: Community talkback with Shin Imai (Director of the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project) and Jen Mills (PhD Candidate and Policy Analyst at Chippewas of the Thames First Nation), moderated by Peter Pickfield (Environmental Law)