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La Buena Vida (The Good Life) screening and Q&A with Avi Chomsky

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La Buena Vida (The Good Life) screening and Q&A with Avi Chomsky

  • Encuentro 5 9 Hamilton Pl Suite 2a Boston, MA 02108 (map)

Learn about a delegation to Colombia
Colombia: The People Behind the Coal
June 18 - June 25

Screening of La Buena Vida (The Good Life, 1 hr 33 min, Spanish and German, English subtitles, trailer:, winner of Best Documentary in the 2016 Boston Latino International Film Festival

and Q&A with Avi Chomsky, Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University

The village of Tamaquito lies in the forests of Colombia. Here, nature provides the people with everything they need. But the Wayúu community’s way of life is being destroyed by the vast and rapidly growing El Cerrejón coal mine. Determined to save his community from forced resettlement, young and charismatic leader Jairo Fuentes sets out to negotiate with the mine’s operators. They’re backed by powerful global resources companies such as Glencore, Anglo American and BHP Billiton and communicating with their representatives isn’t easy. The villagers are promised the blessings of progress, but the Wayúu place no value on modern, electrified houses – on the so-called “better life.” Instead, they embark on a fight to save their life in the forest, which soon becomes a fight to survive. “La Buena Vida” (The Good Life) is the story of the Wayúu community, set against a global backdrop of rising energy consumption being driven by the pursuit of growth and affluence.

Here is a petition for you to consider signing on to that will be presented to the Colombian President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Juan Manuel Santos at the World Water Day on 22 March 2017.

A copy of the film can be purchased on line:

Earlier Event: February 23
Librería Donceles