OtherWise, RUW, Sociology of Development and Change (WUR) en Sacred Natural Sites Initiative present the four-day film festival Mining Sacred Worlds -with dialogues from guest speakers- which evolves around the mining boom currently threatening the environment, people and communities around the world. It highlights the impacts on indigenous peoples’ sacred places and their ways of living, seeing and caring for the world we all inhabit today.
As a response to the clashing worldviews shown in the 4 films, a thematic debate with activists, journalists and scholars, conducting research on site, will engage the audience in discussion.
Ticket = € 4,- (students € 3,-)
Festival passe-partout = € 15,- (students € € 11.-)
The first film Profit and Loss tells the stories of two indigenous groups and their resistance to the modern gold rush – our insatiable thirst for mineral resources that threatens their lands. In Papua New Guinea, villagers resist forced relocation by a nickel mine and try to stop its plan to dump mining waste into the sea. In Canada, First Nations people protest the destruction of traditional hunting and fishing grounds by the tar sands industry, which brings jobs, but also may be causing cancer. Rare verity scenes of tribal life allow indigenous people to tell their own stories – and confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption.
Guest speaker: Mirjam Koedoot – Green innovator and freelance reporter at Trouw
Faciliator: Bas Verschuuren – Coordinator for the Sacred Natural Sites Initiative