The award-winning documentary: La Buena Vida - The Good Life - hosted by 11th Native Spirit Film Festival and London Mining Network, is being shown on Monday from 6-9pm at the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Studies, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU London. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with London Mining Network and Wayúu speakers.
LA BUENA VIDA – THE GOOD LIFE is the story of the Wayúu community, told against a global backdrop of rising energy consumption being driven by the pursuit of growth and affluence.
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 displacement, 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.
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