If Colombia is the focal point of the new global gold rush then Marmato, a mining town with over 500 years of history, is the new frontier. In its mountain there are $20 billion dollars in gold, but 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 the confrontation with globalized mining without looking at the environmental impacts of mining.

Director(s): Mark Grieco
Script: Mark Grieco, Stuart Reid
Production: Calle Films
Music: Todd Boekelheide
Year: 2014
Duration: 87 min
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): English, Spanish
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: Colombia

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Main topic(s): Natural Resources & Mining
Secondary topics: externalisation
Mentions: mining gold Colombia lucha globalization campesino mountain confrontation
Topic Page(s): Natural Resources & Mining

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