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In The Cold Edge (c) Janet Biggs, courtesy Conner Contemporary Art

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Natural Resources/Unnatural Results: Access, Exploitation and Accountability

Courtesy Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting


Films and Panel Discussion to Mark World Water Day

Reception Follows Program

PERU'S GOLD RUSH (Peru, 2011, 9 min.) In the Madre de Dios region of Peru, a virgin rainforest is losing ground to unrestricted wildcat gold mining. (Filmmaker Stephen Sapienza will also screen excerpts from his current Pulitzer Center project on water and sanitation in West Africa, focused on issues of accountability and sustainability.) Produced for PBS NewsHour by Emmy Award Winner Stephen Sapienza.

GUERRILLA MINING IN GUIANA'S MIDST (French Guiana, 2011, 5 min.) Soaring gold prices have lured Brazilians to illegal gold mines in the deep jungle of French Guiana. French police have waged a sporadic, largely unsuccessful effort to shut them down. Produced for Harper’s by Narayan Mahon.

THE DARK SIDE OF COLOMBIA'S GOLD RUSH (Colombia, 2011, 4 min.) Colombia’s gold rush pits local subsistence miners against large corporate interests, criminal gangs and the police. Produced for GlobalPost by Nadja Drost.

GHANA: OIL BOOM, FISHING FEARS (Ghana, 2011, 4 min.) The traditional fishing village of
Abuesi, in western Ghana, awaits with trepidation the possible repercussions for their community of oil
discoveries just offshore. Produced for iWatch by Christiane Badgley.

THE PENAN OF BORNEO (Malaysia, 2011, 4 min.) The Penan people are little in stature, little in number and little in the eyes of the government. Former nomads, they are now on the frontline of an uphill struggle to save the last unprotected rainforest of Sarawak from rapidly expanding palm oil plantations. Produced by James Whitlow Delano.

Discussion follows screenings with filmmakers Stephen Sapienza and Nadja Drost, Amol Mehra, Coordinator of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and Daniel Baer, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Moderated by Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. RSVP appreciated at

Carnegie Institution for Science, Elihu Root Auditorium
1530 P St., NW
(Metro: Dupont Circle)

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