Directed by Monica Gutierrez ∙ 2015 ∙ Colombia - Canada ∙ 10'
The story of how gold producer Gran Colombia Gold came to be formed is the story of abuses of power against a worker's union as the rightful owner of the mine. The story takes place in Segovia, a town in Colombia's mountainous state of Antioquia, with a long and proud tradition in gold mining.
This film depicts the allegations against the Toronto-based corporation for paramilitary connections and involvement with the 2011 murder of Rafael Tobon Zea, president of the Regional Union Mining and Energy workers. The film explores foreign investment conflicts, and the role and impacts to trade union members in a country that is labelled as the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist. These brave individuals engage in union resistance, demand justice for human rights violations and raise awareness for these important issues, often at great personal cost.
CRUDE GOLD is a series of short documentary films showcasing 5 pivotal cases of foreign-funded mining exploitation connected to Canadian investors. Click here to rent and here to subscribe to also stream CRUDE GOLD: THE CASE OF ECO ORO.