In this new documentary by Canadian filmmaker Rachel Schmidt, meet the members of a Guatemalan Mayan community who take the unprecedented step of seeking justice in the Canadian court system for alleged abuses committed by a Canadian mining company: abuses that include murder, rape, and forced evictions. The Mayans hope that the Canadian courts can deliver the justice that corrupt Guatemalan courts lack. "Defensora" tells the poignant story of people defending their land and way of life.
The films will be followed by a stimulating panel discussion with:
* Filmmaker Rachel Schmidt
* Actress & activist Tantoo Cardinal
* Rachel Warden of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
* Cory Wanless of Klippensteins, Barristers and Solicitors in Toronto.
The One World Films series is presented by One World Arts as a fundraiser for the 2014 One World Film Festival.
The event is sponsored by MiningWatch Canada, Inter Pares, the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s Social Justice Fund, Kairos: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, the Americas Policy Group of the CCIC-CCCI, Masc Arts-Education in Action and the Nobel Women's Initiative.
All seats $12. Bytowne only accepts cash. Sorry Bytowne members: no passes for this event.
We look forward to seeing you at the Bytowne Cinema at 8pm on April 7th!
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View the English film trailer at http://vimeo.com/41162423
View the Spanish film trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bvSz0UGYMA