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Video: In Defence of Life: Stories of community resistance to mining


In Defence of Life follows the struggles and triumphs of four rural communities resisting large-scale mining projects in Colombia, Philippines, South Africa and Romania. Courageous environmental and human rights defenders from these communities describe how they have suffered and why they are standing firm to protect their families, land, water and life from destruction by mining.

Jess Phillimore, The Gaia Foundation
After a few months of bloody violence that have tragically claimed the lives of several environmental defenders, including Berta Caceres and Sikosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe, The Gaia Foundation and partners have released a new film exploring how four communities around the world – all under siege from mining companies – are fighting back.

In Defence of Life, a 30-minute documentary, follows the trials and triumphs of men and women in Colombia, the Philippines, South Africa and Romania, as they battle corporate mining giants that threaten to destroy their homelands, homes and livelihoods.

The victories won by the communities in the film will bring hope to others. Their stories demonstrate that, despite the odds and sometimes appalling consequences, sustained resistance by communities on the front lines can be successful in protecting their lands and way of life.

In a global context in which two environmental defenders are killed every week, In Defence of Life is a timely record and a recognition of the bravery of these four communities and of others standing up in defence of life worldwide. The film also bears testimony to the increasingly aggressive and deceptive tactics employed by mining companies determined to mine for profit, whatever the consequences.
Accompanying the film are:
A series of interviews with leading ecological justice activists and thinkers, including Nnimmo Bassey, Vandana Shiva, Sister Stella Matutina, Mariana Gomez and Stephan Harding.
A new 10-page briefing- Mining: Enough is Enough. This short report challenges mining industry claims that the mass extraction of new mineral deposits is necessary to meet material need and ensure the ‘development’ of people and nations. It offers ideas for the ways in which new and unnecessary mining can be prevented
Watch In Defence of Life, share it with your networks, download it for free and screen it to your community and use it in any way that might help your struggle or those of others you are working with.

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