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1 Feb 2009

Directed and produced by Malcolm Rogge

[film] Under Rich Earth [Ecuador]

Under Rich Earth is a story about ordinary people with extraordinary courage. In [the Intag] valley in Ecuador, coffee and sugarcane farmers face the dismal prospect of being forced off their land to make way for a mining project. Unprotected by the police...they prepare to face down the invaders on their own...Over three years, the company [Ascendant Copper] attempts to win over the hearts and minds of the communities with offerings of development and jobs. The promise...has bitterly divided the community...The company assures investors that only a small group of radicals and meddling foreigners oppose the project; but on the ground, a profoundly different story emerges...Under Rich Earth tells the story of an extraordinary collision between the global mining industry and struggling family farmers, culminating in an historic and truly remarkable encounter with paramilitaries deep in the Ecuadorian cloud forest.