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Watch Máxima Acuña Documentary in Online Film Festival

Picture of Maxima outside in Peru

June 5, 2020

This June, participate in a digital film festival screening and live Q&A of the film Maxima by Claudia Sparrow. The award-winning documentary follows the story of Goldman Environmental Prize winner Maxima Acuña (Peru, 2016). The online festival is hosted by international NGO Human Rights Watch.

Film synopsis:

Maxima tells the incredible story of 2016 environmental Goldman Environmental Prize winner Máxima Acuña and her family, who own a small, remote plot in the Peruvian Highlands. The Acuñas rely solely on the environment for their livelihood, but their land sits directly in the path of a multi-billion-dollar project run by one of the world’s largest gold-mining corporations. Faced with intimidation, violence, and criminal prosecution, the film follow Máxima’s tireless fight for justice, taking her from the Peruvian Supreme Court to the doors of the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Standing ever mighty, Máxima sings of her love of the land in the face of widespread oppression of indigenous people, and relentless attempts to destroy environmental resources that the world relies on.

How to watch:

  • Watch the film at your own pace June 11-20, 2020.
  • Participate in a shared viewing experience and live Q&A with Claudia Sparrow and others on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

Access both screenings here.

“Our dignity has no price.”

– Máxima Acuña


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