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Sipakapa Is Not for Sale
55 minutes
English subtitles
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Sipakapa Is Not for Sale

Montana Exploradora, subsidiary of the Canadian/US transnational company Glamis Gold, received 45 million US dollars in financing from the World Bank to exploit an open-pit gold mine in Sipakapa, Guatemala. In accordance with ILO Convention 169, a Community Consultation was held in this Maya region to establish whether the population would accept or reject mining exploitation in its territory. The result was a resounding "NO" to mining. Sipakapa Is Not For Sale analyses the debate on mining exploitation and demonstrates the dignity of the Sipakapan People as they fight to defend their autonomy in the face of encroaching neoliberal megaprojects.
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.the larger issue is the Sipakapan battle to preserve their autonomy from foreign commercial interests. Their fight offers a hopeful example to other indigenous people around the world who refuse to be victims." - Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival
"Director Alvaro Revenga does an impressive job with presenting the issues of mine exploitation in developing countries, and exposing some of the questionable manner in which mining companies push forward their agendas." - Charmaine Henriques, Educational Media Reviews Online

• Anaconda Award for Best Documentary, PRAIA, Bolivia and Ecuador, 2006
• Best Documentary, Indigenous International Film and Video Festival, CLACPI, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2006
• Human Rights Film Festival, Paris, France, 2007
• Native American Film & Video Festival, National Museum of the American Indian, New York, 2006
• Land InSights, First People's Festival Presence autochtone, Montreal, Canada, 2006
• Planet in Focus, International Environmental Film & Video Festival, Montreal, Canada, 2006
• Indigenous Documentary Film Showcase, Barcelona, Spain, 2006
• Chicago Latino Film Festival, 2006

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