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La Buena Vida – The Good Life

How much are we willing to sacrifice for the safety of energy and wealth?
2015 | 97 min | Recommended min. age: 14 y

“La Buena Vida – The Good Life” is the story of the Wayúu community, told against a global backdrop of rising energy consumption being driven by the pursuit of growth and affluence.

Jairo Fuentes, the young leader of the village Tamaquito lives in the Northern Columbian woods. Nature has always provided him and his family with everything they need to live. For centuries, his people have been hunting in the hills, collecting fruits, keeping chicken, sheep and cows.

But the Wayúu-‘s livelihood is being destroyed by coal mining in the area of “El-Cerrejón”. The gigantic hole of 700 square kilometers is the world’s largest coal mine. The extracted stone coal  is being exported globally. Coal fired power plants in Europe, Western Asia and the United States produce Electrical Power with these seeds.

Jairo Fuentes ready to defend his and his community’s forced displacement. He initiates negotiations with the managers of the coal mine, who work for mega-corporations such as Glencore, Anglo American and BHP Billiton. The dialogue however is at a stand-still. The corporations promise to provide new housing to the representatives of the village. The Wayúu-people however refuse a “better life” by European standards.

They resist these global capital powers and fight for their way of life in the forest, a fight for the survival of their indigenous way of life.

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