On Monday 27 March, we will present a free screening of This Stolen Country of Mine in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the Netherlands. The film shows how activists in Ecuador are resisting China’s hunger for raw materials. Post-screening discussion with European Commission expert and activist from the film Pául Jarrín Mosquera on the question: how do we safely and fairly obtain minerals for the energy transition?
In the documentary This Stolen Country of Mine two men fight against the growing and far-reaching Chinese influence in Ecuador. Paúl Jarrín leads the indigenous resistance against China’s plundering of Ecuador’s natural resources. Journalist Fernando Villavicencio exposes the government corruption that facilitates the Chinese economic takeover. In both cases, the state reacts with full force.
After the screening of This Stolen Country of Mine, moderator Marieke Eyskoot will talk to the indigenous activist from the film Pául Jarrín Mosquera and an expert from the European Commission. The Commission will soon be presenting a new policy about critical raw materials and in the discussion afterwards we will ask how Europe can obtain the raw materials needed for the green transition safely and fairly. We will also hear Pául’s view from his unique perspective as a grassroots activist.