Isabel Bader Theatre Sat, Apr 27, 2019 5:45 PM
TIFF Lightbox 2 Sun, Apr 28, 2019 10:30 AM
Isabel Bader Theatre Sun, May 5, 2019 3:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Persister
Film Subjects:Advocacy & Activism
Agriculture & Fishing
Capitalism & Big Business
Ecology & the Environment
Indigenous Cultures & Issues
Women Trailblazers & Rule Breakers
Latin America
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Claudia Sparrow
Producer(s):Ryan Schwartz
Claudia Sparrow
Executive Producer(s):Lesley Chilcott
Leandro Marini
Louise Runge
Steven J. Berger
Scott Dixon
Susan Bay Nimoy
Editor(s):Alejandro Valdes-Rochin
Composer:Mauricio Yazigi


Surrounded by the beautiful mountains, lakes and water systems of the Peruvian Highlands lives Máxima Acuña, a subsistence farmer who grows potatoes and raises guinea pigs. She, along with neighbouring families, have grown up understanding that land and water are integral to life and must be protected at all costs. But as a multi-billion-dollar mining project is launched by the American Newmont Mining Corporation and lays claim to the land, Máxima finds her world turned upside down: she's embroiled in conflict, forced eviction, violence and criminal prosecution. Undeterred by the intimidation, Máxima knows what's at stake. This landmark film portrays one woman's courageous journey to stand against the destruction of resources that hold far more value than gold. Her strength earned her the world's most prestigious environmental award, the Goldman Environmental Prize. Heather Haynes

Co-presented with Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival.

Persister program presented in partnership with OXFAM CANADA.
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