OmeU (Spanish with English Subtitles)
In the barren Colombian state of La Guajira, a region that helped inspire magical realism in the masterpiece of Colombia’s literature Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García-Márquez, the genocide of the biggest indigenous nation in the country took place as the only river in that area was literally stolen. The government of Colombia cut the flow and contained the waters of the Rancheria river in order to irrigate enormous industrial crops and assist the corporate operations of Cerrejón, the largest outdoor coal mine in the world. During the last five years, famine has killed over 7,000 children of the Wayúu nation, while 37,000 more are dying from malnutrition. “The River that was stolen” was recognized by the OAS’s Inter American Commission on Human Rights as evidentiary support in a lawsuit against the State of Colombia that purports to re-establish the natural flow of the waters of the Rancheria river and thus halt the rapid and inhumane Wayúu genocide.
Friday 15.03.2019 Babylon 3 22:00 h
Sunday 17.03.2019 Babylon 3 17:15 h
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Colombian journalist and director of the documentary “El río que se robaron.” This film was used as central evidence in the case by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR, which called for precautionary measures to stop the exploitation of the Wayúu people. The screening comes in the wake of a landmark 2015 hearing by IACHR, which declared that the Colombian government must take measures to protect the rights of the native Wayúu.