Audio Interview With Grahame Russell About the Chixoy Hydro-electric Project in Guatemala.
Watch 3-minute interview. Grahame Russell of Rights Action, in Guatemala City, April 2013, outside the court house where former General Efrain Rios Montt was on trial for Genocide
A documentary by Alba sud and Rel-UITA about the land conflict in Bajo Aguán, Honduras. 30 minutes, in spanish with english sub-titles.
Al inicio de los años 80, durante el periodo más duro del genocidio Guatemalteco, un genocido apoyado por los Estados Unidos, el Banco Mundial y el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo invirtieron poco menos de mil millones de dólares en la construcción de la represa Chixoy. Treinta y dos comunidades Maya Achí fueron despojadas para abrirle paso a la represa y más de 400 personas fueron asesinadas.
"Resistencia” is about the farmers of Honduras' Aguan Valley who have been occupying 8,000 acres of palm oil plantations for almost three years, ever since the June 28, 2009 military coup overthrew the only president that ever supported them. Sixty members and supporters of this occupation have been killed over this period, yet the farmers are still there, and we need to get their story out ASAP. The Aguan should be as well known as Tahrir Square. “Resistencia” has just been named a semi-finalist in the Cuban Hat Pitch Contest.
New film, 16 minutes, in English and Spanish. The film is about the Chixoy hydroelectric dam project, where thirty-two indigenous Mayan communities were forcibly and illegally displaced to make way for the dam, and hundreds of indigenous Mayan Achi people were massacred - mainly in the community of Rio Negro.
The remote community of Ahuas, Honduras is located deep inside the country's Miskitu coast, a tightly-woven indigenous community long forgotten by government help but also by crime. In contrast to the rest of the country, which boasts the highest murder rate per capita in the world, Ahuas is a peaceful place with deep family ties. But that changed in the early morning hours of May 11, when soldiers opened fire from U.S. government helicopters, killing four people, including two pregnant women, a child and a young father. Produced by Kaelyn Forde and Craig Stubing.
"Once Again, Mining" is a 7 minute film, shot during and after the May 8, 2012, attempt, by the gold and silver mining company EXMINGUA (owned by Radius Gold Inc. of Canada) to enter with a convoy of some 25-30 mining company trucks full of equipment, accompanied by some 25-30 trucks of heavily armed National Police, at 1:00am, in the morning, so as to avoid the peacefully protesting villagers of the two affected municipalities - San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayumpac -, who were never consulted about this mining business and who never gave legal permission for a mine to operate in their lands.
AlJazeera Youtube film (2:38 minutes, in English) about the Chixoy Dam forced evictions and related massacres in Guatemala. The Chixoy Dam was a business investment and project of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank (WB), in partnership with successive military regimes, 1975-1985.
A powerful 44 minute film about the Tar Sands, the so-called "Northern Gateway" pipeline planned west through Alberta and British Colombia ...