Under Rich Earth (Bajos Suelos Ricos)

Malcolm Rogge

2008, 92:00 minutes, colour, English and Spanish with English Subtitles


In a remote mountain valley in Ecuador, coffee and sugarcane farmers face the dismal prospect of being forced off their land to make way for a mining project. Unprotected by the police and ignored by their government, they prepare to face down the ‘invaders’ on their own. Their resistance leads to a remarkable and historic stand off between farmers and a band of mysterious armed men high in the cloud forest. In a world dominated by news of massacres and terrorism, Under Rich Earth is a surprising and poignant tale of hope and determination.

"Gripping and disturbing, Rogge’s
Under Rich Earth reveals the extent to which corporations (yes, even Canadian ones) are willing to go to get what they want, as well as the determination and savvy that is required of those who oppose them.” - Jason Anderson, Eye Weekly ****

“Urgent and vital filmmaking in the spirit of favourites like
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance and Manufactured Landscapes.” - Jesse Wente, programmer, Toronto International Film Festival

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