Amnesty International Kelowna and First United Church are hosting a screening of the film Defensora. Defensora is a documentary that takes audiences into the lives of Mayan Q’eqchi resistors who struggle to reclaim their ancestral lands and seek justice in Canadian courts for alleged human rights violations by HudBay Minerals and its former Guatemalan subsidiary.
Following the screening, there will be a conversation via Skype with Grahame Russell from Rights Action. Grahame will provide an update on the status of this and similar cases, and about the overall human rights situation in Guatemala.
Winner of the International John Basham Award, at the 2013 Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Defensora follows the story of sisters Maria and Angelica Choc, who lead a Mayan Q’eqchi resistance in Guatemala to reclaim ancestral lands and seek justice in Canada for the murder of Angelica’s husband, the shooting-paralyzing of German Choc Chub and the gang rapes of 11 Mayan women.
Set along the shores of Lake Izabal, where tensions run high against a backdrop and history of violence, intimidation and forced evictions, the stakes are high for the Mayan Q’eqchi people who risk their lives to protect their lands, speak the truth and seek justice in Canadian courts, and for Hudbay Minerals that continues to deny their allegations.
“Defensora is a timely documentary that provides candid insights into the brave struggles of Angélica, German and other Maya Q’eqchi’ women and men in El Estor, Guatemala who, faced with the grave harm that Canadian mining operations have brought about, are on the frontline of the battle for justice in Canadian courts.” – Jen Moore, MiningWatch Canada