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Maxima (Encore)

This screening took place on
Monday, February 17, 2020 at 8:15pm
Yukon Arts Centre

ALFF film passes accepted for this screening.

This inspiring and harrowing documentary is named for an Indigenous woman from the Peruvian Andes who cannot read or write, but stands up to one of the largest gold producers in the world, US-based Newmont Mining Corporation, who has claimed ownership of her land in order to expand its multi-billion dollar gold mine. The mining company terrorizes Maxima’s livestock and destroys her crops in an effort to lay claim to her land. In this David vs Goliath story we witness Máxima’s courage as she fights back to protect the one thing worth more than gold: the land and its ability to sustain her and her community.

In Spanish w/ English Subtitles

Winner of Hot Docs Audience Award

Recommended for ages 10 +

"The film is at times terrifying, heartbreaking and always infuriating – it’s difficult to not leave feeling woke and weary. Will Máxima withstand the fight? And how are each of us complicit in real-life nightmares fed by greed? These questions linger long after the doc is done." 4/5 - Chaka V. Grier, NOW Toronto

  • Directed by Claudia Sparrow
  • 2019, USA
  • 88 minutes
  • Film Subtitled

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