Mega-mining has come to Ecuador. In 2017, the amount of land available to mining expanded by hundreds of percent, leaving huge swaths of Ecuador’s most sensitive and biodiverse habitats at the mercy of international mining interests.
These concessions appeared suddenly and were sold without public knowledge or consent, affecting sensitive ecosystems all across Ecuador, from montane cloud forests and the endangered Chocó forests to the high-elevation Andean páramos, from tropical coastal forests to the jungles of the Amazon. Now, the government is accelerating the development of new mining projects, saying that it is the only way to overcome the economic crisis resulting from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic.
Told in the voices of three women, we witness the deep impact of extraction industry on Ecuadorian lives, as they struggle to protect their families and communities whilst the land is being sold out from under their feet.