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“Defensora” Vancouver Premiere and Director QA

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Mining Justice Alliance, the Media Democracy Project and SFU Institute for the Humanities are pleased to present a community film screening of Defensora, with special guests Rachel Schmidt, Producer/Director, and Grahame Russell, Rights Action.


Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre – Room 1900

Defensora documents the historic and on-going land and community defense struggles of Mayan Q’eqchi communities in eastern Guatemala, and their struggle for justice and remedy in Canadian courts against the nickel mining company Hudbay Minerals.

Winner of the International John Basham Award, at the 2013 Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Defensora follows the story of sisters Maria and Angelica Choc, who lead a Mayan Q’eqchi resistance in Guatemala to reclaim ancestral lands and seek justice in Canada for the murder of Angelica’s husband, the shooting-paralyzing of German Choc Chub and the gang rapes of 11 Mayan women.

Set along the shores of Lake Izabal, where tensions run high against a backdrop and history of violence, intimidation and forced evictions, the stakes are high for the Mayan Q’eqchi people who risk their lives to protect their lands, speak the truth and seek justice in Canadian courts, and for Hudbay Minerals that continues to deny their allegations.

The Vancouver screening is part of a cross-Canada premiere, with screenings taking place in Ontario, the Maritimes, and elsewhere in BC. These screenings are organized by 6kidsProductions and Girl Edge Films, in partnership with Rights Action.

“Defensora is a deeply moving testimony to incredible courage in the face of wanton brutality and a shining tribute to the human search for justice.”
(Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians)

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