The Devil Operation

The Devil Operation

Canada, 2010, 69 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Peru
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Foreign, Social Issues
Language: English, Spanish, Quechua English Sub-Titles

Thursday, October 21 at 7pm
Film will be followed by a panel discussion

Digital presentation - A gripping David and Goliath tale of corporate espionage unfolds in this exposé of torture, intimidation, and murder of Peruvian eco-activists and indigenous farmers. Shocking video footage, horrifying photos, and meticulous reports compiled by private security firms working for U.S. and British-owned gold mines are co-opted by the filmmakers to reveal the truth in this real-life political thriller. The charismatic Father Marco Arana, named a Hero of the Environment in 2009 by TIME Magazine, has been so effective in advocating against the US-owned Yanacocha mine that he’s code-named “the Devil” and targeted in a campaign of harassment and terror. When one colleague is threatened with rape and another is killed, the activists fight back, capture a spy, and uncover a military-scale operation of surveillance and violence that shocks even them. When billions of dollars are at stake, just how far are corporations willing to go to protect their bottom line?

Panel discussion following film with the following leaders.

David Silver MD MPH is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the CU School of Public Health and international development consultant. As Adjunct Professor at the College of Engineering at University of Colorado, Boulder, he co-teaches Sustainable Community Development for the Engineering for Developing Communities track.He has practiced emergency medicine for over 25 years, overlapping with 20 years of public health consulting with international NGOs such as CARE, OXFAM, Population Communications International, Friendship Bridge, US government agencies (USAID, USTDA, CDC), and the World Bank. David has been a member of the campaigns advisory committee for Global Response for the past 10 years.

Paula Palmer is the director of Global Response, a program of Cambridge MA-based Cultural Survival. She has directed Global Response campaigns since 1996, helping Indigenous communities defend their rights, territories, and natural resources. In Costa Rica, where she lived for 20 years, she published five books of oral history in collaboration with Afro-Caribbean and Bribri Indigenous people, through a community empowerment process known as Participatory Action Research. From 1995 to 2001, Paula served as editor for health and environment of Winds of Change magazine, a publication of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). She holds an M.A. degree in sociology from Michigan State University and is adjunct faculty in the Environmental Studies Department of the Naropa University.

DIRECTOR: Stephanie Boyd

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