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Environmental Issues in Developing Nations

Arlit, The Second Paris (Arlit, deuxième Paris)

A case study in migration and environmental racism set in an uranium mining town in the Sahara desert of Niger. Here European corporations extracted nuclear power and profits, leaving behind illness due to radiation, contamination and unemployment. Arlit flourished during the oil crunch of the early 70s when its uranium mines employed 25, 000 workers from around the world in high paying jobs. It has now become a ghost town, a place of transit. A film by Idrissou Mora Kpai. 2005. 78 min.

Choropampa: The Price of Gold (El precio del oro)

On June 2, 2000, 151 kilograms of liquid mercury spilled from a truck hauling the mercury away from the Yanacocha goldmine in the Peruvian Andes. The spill covered a 25-mile long area, contaminating the small mountain villages Choropampa, San Juan, and Magdalena. The owners of the mine, a Peruvian company, the World Bank, and the Newmont Mining Corp. of Colorado, claim that the problem was quickly resolved, but hundreds of people still suffer the ill effects.

Dale una Mano a tu Ciudad: Experiencias de Gestion AmbientalDale una Mano a tu Ciudad

Through interviews with participants this documentary investigates four successful experiences of environmental management in Ecuador in the cities of Portoviejo, Shushufindi, Cuenca and Esmeraldas. In Spanish. 2001. 24 min.

Darwin's Nightmare

Documentary film that exposes the poverty and misery of people living on the shores of Lake Victoria in Tanzania who are dependent upon fishing the Nile perch from the lake for their meager earnings. The fish are exported by air to Europe to be sold cheaply and the planes that arrive to transport the fish at first seem to arrive empty, but turn out to carry weapons to Africa and fish away.

Dream People of the Amazon: The Achuar

The Achuar people in southeast Ecuador live in a part of the Amazon rain forest as pristine today as it was a thousand years ago. In order to protect their rainforest from exploitation and avoid the environmental and cultural devastation suffered by their indigenous neighbors only a few hundred miles away, they have formed alliances with environmental protection agencies in the outside world seeking to gain official recognition as a bioreserve, closed to exploitation. Written, produced and directed by Lawrence M. Lansburgh. 2005. 32 min.

Dzumsa: Traditional Natural Resources Management in Sikkim, India

Lachung and Lachen are two unique villages in the remote alpine region of North Sikkim. Due to their relative isolation, they have, over the centuries, developed a highly effective form of self-governance. It not only regulates the realm of social life, but is also instrumental in maintaining a balance with nature. It is clear that survival in the mountains is intricately linked with nature, and the prudent realization that, unless strictly regulated, the bounty of nature would deplete, makes the villagers implement the rules rigorously. 2002. 26 min.

Ecuador: Divided Over Oil(What in the World? People of the Developing Nations)

The Ecuadoran government granted Burlington Oil a contract to explore and exploit oil in the Achuar Indian territory without consulting with the Achuar. The Achuar are opposed to the oil company's presence in their land. President Lucio Gutierrez is threatening to control the area militarily if the Achuar do not cooperate. The Achuar are attempting to evict the oil company by suing them for environmental damage to their land, which has contaminated drinking water, killed crops and game, and caused health problems among the Achuar. c2004. 26 min.

Entrega De Agua Potable A Domicilio V. Mexico

Film examines the problem of polluted water and the need to develop pure water for domestic use in rural Mexico. 198-?. 25 min.

Exporting Harm: The High-tech Trashing of Asia

Unbeknownst to many, "recycling" electronic waste often means that the material is shipped to Asia, where it causes major environmental, health, and occupational hazards. This film reveals "the dirty secrets" of the high-tech revolution and provides a ringing call to action for corporate responsibility and global environmental justice. Video by Jim Puckett. 2004. 23 min.

Garifunas Holding Ground .

Looks at the struggle by the Afro-indigenous Garifuna in Honduras to protect their ancestral lands from environmental destruction as they fight to shut down an illegal highway that is destroying crops, old growth forest and water supplies. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 2002. 11 min. Related web sites:Witness web site