Join us for a screening of The Devil Operation (2010, Stephanie Boyd) followed by a discussion with Roxana Olivera.
Roxana Olivera will speak about on-going community struggles in Cajamarca, Peru against the Conga mining project (Yanacocha) and the repression faced by opponents of the project. Protesters faced brutal repression during the regional protests and strikes last year, and the protagonist of the film – Father Marco Arana – was beaten and detained by the local police. Members of the featured community organization GRUFIDES continue to experience intimidation and break-ins at their homes.
The proposed Conga mine near the city of Cajamarca by the controversial Minera Yanacocha (majority owned by U.S.-based Newmont Mining Corporation) has been stalled by huge regional opposition but is still on-going.
Father Marco, a humble priest from the mountains of Peru, is being followed. A private security firm is filming and photographing the priest’s every move; their meticulous reports are code-named “The Devil Operation”. Marco’s allies are murdered and tortured, but he and his disciples refuse to be victims. They turn their cameras on the spies and develop a counter-espionage plan that leads to South America’s largest gold mine, owned by the Newmont Mining Corporation of Colorado. For the past two decades, Father Marco has defended farming communities against the Yanacocha mine’s abuses, earning him the nickname ‘The Devil’. Peru is one of the world’s top gold producers and the state has ceded power to transnational corporations who guard their territory like outlaws in the Wild West. Film-maker Stephanie Boyd has spent 10 years documenting the farmer’s struggle and became caught up in this real-life political thriller.
Director and Producer: Stephanie Boyd
Winner of the “International Human Rights Film Award” Cinema for Peace, Berlin, 2011. Official Selection of IDFA and HotDocs 2010.