Arica

(Arica)

A Swedish mining company transported toxic waste to the Chilean city of Arica in the mid-1980s. The locals still suffer from health problems. All they want is justice.

Twenty thousand tons of waste full of arsenic, mercury and lead was dumped by the Swedish company Boliden almost 40 years ago in the desert on the outskirts of Arica, Chile. The waste was supposed to be properly treated, but instead local children played in the poisonous dump. Were it not for filmmakers Lars Edman and William Johansson Kalén, the world might not have learned that people were dying of cancer and that their offspring were being born with disabilities. They have been following the case for almost 15 years and are trying to force the company to accept responsibility. Will a complex international trial be won? Will former Boliden employee and key witness Rolf Svedberg testify?

Impact

The film Arica tells the story of the town of the same name in Chile, near which the Swedish mining company Boliden dumped a large amount of toxic waste. Local children turned the landfill into a playground. Exposure to hazardous waste significantly affected the health of people in the local community, the number of children born with disabilities increased, and average life expectancy decreased. The locals are still suffering the consequences of Boliden's irresponsibility and non-transparency. The documentary is linked to the Toxic Justice impact campaign, which aims to make large companies more accountable in order to avoid any repetition of the case of Arica Victims vs. Boliden.

About the film

Director: Lars Edman, William Johansson Kalén
Sweden, Chile, Belgium, Norway, UK
2020 | 95 min.

Language: English, Spanish, Swedish

Subtitles: Czech, English
In the case of outdoor screenings, the films are shown only with Czech subtitles.

Czech premiere

Category

Right To Know

Director

Lars Edman

Filmography
2020 - Arica
2010 - Blybarnen

Lars Edman

William Johansson Kalén

Filmography
2020 - Arica
2010 - Blybarnen

William Johansson Kalén

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