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Marmato // with White Earth
April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
// Marmato //
In the mountain of Marmato, Columbia there is $20 billion dollars in gold, and its 8,000 inhabitants are at risk of being displaced by an open-pit mining project. Marmato chronicles how the townspeople confront a Canadian mining company that wants the gold beneath their homes. Filmed over the course of 6 years, Marmato is a canvas of magic realism and its confrontation with globalized mining.
MARMATO was an official selection at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
// White Earth //
Thousands of desperate souls flock to America’s Northern Plains seeking work in the oil fields. White Earth is the tale of an oil boom seen through the eyes of three children and an immigrant mother braving a cruel winter. The film explores the themes of innocence, home and the American Dream. Trailer
// Panelists //
Mark Grieco (director) studied film production at New York University. To make this film, he lived in Marmato over a period of six years, serving as director, producer, and cinematographer. MARMATO was an official selection at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
Lauren Baker is a 6th year doctoral student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her research, broadly, has to do with the political ecology of extractive industries in Latin America. For her dissertation research, Lauren examined indigenous politics regarding oil operations in the northeast Peruvian Amazon. Lauren’s work draws on 18 months of fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon carried out between 2011 and 2012; she is currently writing up her dissertation findings.
Amity Doolittle’s is a professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on property rights and how stakeholders define and control natural resources. She is interested in understanding the social and political processes that result in centuries of social inequities and unequal distribution of the benefits and burdens of natural resources. Her research often takes on a historical approach focusing on issues of legal and cultural pluralism. Her research has been primarily in Southeast Asia, but she has also worked on projects in Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, and Peru. Current research is focused on history of land use change in New Haven, Connecticut.
Reid Lifset’s research and teaching focus on the emerging field of industrial ecology, the study of the environmental consequences of production and consumption. He is a resident fellow in industrial ecology and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, an international peer-reviewed biomonthly headquartered at and owned by Yale University and published by Wiley-Blackwell. In addition, he is associate director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program. Mr. Lifset’s research focuses on the application of industrial ecology to novel problems and research areas and the evolution of extended producer responsibility (EPR). He serves on the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. EPA and is a member of the governing council of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) and the editorial advisory board for the Springer book series on Eco-efficiency in Industry & Science.