UK Premiere: Maxima (15*) + ScreenTalk with director Claudia Sparrow

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2020

sheep standing in a field with a beautiful skyline behind them

Maxima tells the incredible story of 2016 environmental Goldman Prize winner Máxima Acuña and her family.

The family own a small, remote plot in the Peruvian Highlands. The Acuñas rely solely on the environment for their livelihood, but their land sits directly in the path of a multi-billion dollar project run by one of the world’s largest gold-mining corporations.

Faced with intimidation, violence, and criminal prosecution, we follow Máxima’s tireless fight for justice taking her from the Peruvian Supreme Court to the doors of the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Standing ever mighty, Máxima sings of her love of the land in the face of widespread oppression of indigenous people, and relentless attempts to destroy environmental resources that the world relies on.

Following the film we welcome director Claudia Sparrow and Senior Campaigner for Global Witness Land and Environmental Defenders, Ben Leather for a ScreenTalk.

2019 US/Peru Dir Claudia Sparrow 88 min


This screening is captioned and the ScreenTalk is BSL interpreted.


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