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The 54-minute documentary covers the displacement caused by the construction of hydroelectric projects in Colombia through the testimonies of people affected and members of Movimientos Rios Vivos in Colombia. The film shows the drama faced by the communities affected by dams, who are forced to leave their territories and their traditional livelihood through repression, the use of force and criminalization.
The river is everything to them: it brings them food, it is part of their spirituality, their livelihood, culture and territory. That is why they are struggling to defend it organized under Rios Vivos, a movement that gathers the efforts of communities who are being displaced and forced to leave their lands to give way to the ‘so called’ development.
Rios Vivos is part of the Latin American network of People Affected by Dams, in Defense of Rivers, Their Communities and Water (REDLAR).
The documentary (available in Spanish) is dedicated to two activists of Movimiento Rios Vivos: Miguel Ángel Pabón Pabón, of the resistance in defense of river Sogamoso, who disappeared in 2012 and Nelson Giraldo, leader of the movement in Antioquia department, who was murdered on September 17th, 2013.
“Este triunfo de Uruguay debe ser un llamado urgente a analizar, revisar, renegociar o anular cuando corresponda todos los tratados bilaterales de comercio y de protección de inversiones que ha suscrito el país, antes de exponernos a nuevas demandas en las que podemos correr con distinta suerte que en la recién finalizada”.
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