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Ottawa premiere of Defensora! Monday, April 7th at 8 pm @ Bytowne Cinema

March 19, 2014

In this new documentary by Canadian filmmaker Rachel Schmidt, meet the members of a Guatemalan Mayan community who take the unprecedented step of seeking justice in the Canadian court system, for alleged abuses on the part of a Canadian mining company that include murder, rape and forced evictions. The Mayans have hope that the Canadian courts can deliver the justice that the corrupt Guatemalan courts lack. It is the poignant story of people defending their land and way of life.

A short film, Women Crossing the Line: Defensoras in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, will also be screened, followed by a stimulating panel discussion with: filmmaker Rachel Schmidt, actress & activist Tantoo Cardinal, Rachel Warden of KAIROS and Cory Wanless of Klippensteins, Barristers and Solicitors in Toronto.

Presented by One World Arts as a fundraiser for the 2014 One World Film Festival. The event is sponsored by MiningWatch Canada, Inter Pares, the Public Service Alliance of Canada Social Justice Fund, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, the Americas Policy Group, Education in Action and the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

All seats $12. We look forward to seeing you @ the Bytowne Cinema at 8 pm on April 7th!


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