Film Event – Daughter of the Lake / Hija de la laguna (Australian Premiere)
Dr Ernesto Cabellos Damián | 2015 | Peru | 87 mins | Spanish with English subtitles
Nelida is an Andean woman able to communicate with nature’s spirits. She feels she is the daughter
of the lakes that provide water to her village. But just beneath her lakes, Yanacocha, Latin America’s largest gold mine, has discovered a deposit valued at billions of dollars. They have the Peruvian government’s support to mine it, even though it means drying out the lakes.
Farmers who live downstream oppose the project, because they fear running out of water. It’s a life
and death struggle. The police have killed five men during the protests and the farmers not only
have to confront the political and economic powers, but also the people in their communities who now depend on the small jobs the mine has given them.
When Nelida joins the march from her homeland to Lima, the country’s capital, over a thousand kilometers away, she realizes she’s not alone. There are thousands of people who want to protect the Andean water sources.
Latin Hut | Addison Rd Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd Marrickville
Drinks and traditional food available, $10 online. Unclassified M.
Special Dance Performance by Sendas Salvadoreñas at 8:30pm.
The next step is to lobby for Ecocide to be recognised by the UN as a crime against humanity
Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been or will be severely diminished. The Kogi understand the earth as a living being, and it needs to be cared for as a living being. It also needs legal protection. So far as they are concerned, this is at the heart of the “original law” which governs us. So they urge the world to adopt the proposal to designate Ecocide as a crime against world peace under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.