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 festival closes with Huicholes the last Peyote Guardians showing the struggle for conservation of a sacred land in the face of gold and silver mining in Mexico. The film tells the story of the mystical Wixarika People also known as the Huicholes, one of the last living pre-Hispanic cultures in Latin America. Their sacred ancestral territory known as Wirikuta is home to the famous peyote cactus that has guided and inspired generations of Wixarika. Today the Wixarika struggle against the Mexican government and multinational mining corporations that are encroaching on their homelands. Their activities are threatening the delicate culture and biodiversity of this unique landscape that is recognised as a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage. An unequal and controversial fight triggers the global debate between ancient cultural values, the exploitation of nature and the inevitable process of change and development.
Guest speaker: Oscar Reyna – PhD candidate in political ontology at Sociology of Development and Change Chair group (WUR);
Faciliator: Gerard Verschoor – Sociologist on indigenous worldviews at Sociology of Development and Change Chair group (WUR)