Father Marco, a humble priest from the mountains of Peru, is being followed. A private security firm is filming and photographing the priest’s every move; their meticulous reports are code-named ‘The Devil Operation.’
Marco’s allies are murdered and tortured, but he and his disciples refuse to be victims. They turn their cameras on the spies and develop a counter-espionage plan that leads to South America’s largest gold mine.
For the past two decades, Father Marco has defended farming communities against the Yanacocha mine’s abuses, earning him the nickname ‘The Devil’.
Peru is one of the world’s top gold producers and the state has ceded power to transnational corporations who guard their territory like outlaws from the Wild West.
This real-life political thriller exposes the new wave of corporate terrorism faced by Latin America’s human rights defenders.
followed by discussion and Q&A with film-makers
Stephanie Boyd + Miguel Araoz
5:00 – 7:00 pm, Monday, 30 March 2015
UBC, Buchanan A, Room 102
UBC Social Justice Centre
Miguel Araoz Cartagena is a Peruvian visual artist and film maker who was born and raised in the mountains of Cusco. In 2009 he helped found Quisca productions, a non-profit association of film makers in Cusco, and serves as the group’s president. He was artistic director and associate producer of the award-winning film ‘The Devil Operation’ and his paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Switzerland, France, Brazil, Lima and his native Cusco. Miguel is currently working on a new film with Quisca about indigenous Kukama communities in Peru’s Amazon struggling to save their rivers from oil drilling and a massive, commercial water-way project.
Stephanie Boyd was born and raised in Canada and has lived in Peru since 1997, working as a film maker and journalist. The Devil Operation (2010) is the first film she has directed and produced alone and she spent 10 years filming the protagonists and following their stories. Stephanie’s films have been broadcast on the Sundance Channel, CBC Country Canada, PBS affiliates, Al Jazeera, TeleSur and broadcasters in Peru, Cuba, Burma, Hungary and dozens of other countries. She has also worked as a journalist in eastern Africa, and has published articles in various publications including NOW magazine, The Toronto Star and Salon.com.
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A Questionable Proposition of Values (panel discussion)
Kanahus Manuel + Jen Moore + Alain Deneault + Angelica Choc + Miguel Mijangos
2:30 – 4:30 pm, Thursday 26 March 2015
UBC, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Room 302 (Dodson Room)
at the State of Extraction Conference
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Saturday 28 March 2015
SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.
Toxic Tour: voices of resistance vs. extractive industries (tour of downtown Vancouver)
with the Mining Justice Alliance
12: 00 – 3:00 pm, Saturday 28 March 2015
starts at north side of Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia & Howe)