Film Screening: In the Name of Lithium
Join us on the 7th April for a film screening of In the Name of Lithium, followed by a Q&A session with the director.
Synopsis: Clemente Flores lives in the community “El Moreno”, in Salinas Grandes, Jujuy, where more than 30 indigenous communities struggle to prevent the imminent arrival of multinational mining companies to extract lithium, the new white gold. In search of answers to his silent claim to be included in the decision-making process, Clemente embarks on a revealing journey, to return and organize, together with the other salt communities, a resistance action in defense of their territory . “In the name of lithium” is a documentary about the urgency of reaching an equilibrium with the Pachamama.
“Water is the blood of the Pachamama”.
“In the name of Lithium” is a documentary about the struggle of the indigenous communities of the north Argentina to prevent its salt flats, containing one of the largest lithium reserves in the world, become a «sacrifice zone» in order to reduce global warming.
Two worldviews confront in the north of Argentina. On the one hand, the original communities of the salars in their fight to defend their traditions and the ecosystem. And, on the other, the contemporary world in its desperate need to find in lithium, an alternative to oil, and be able to store renewable energy, without questioning its extracting methods.
The outcome for the communities is unfavorable: they are not taken into account in decision-making, nor in operating profits. And the political-economic, national and international interests are increasingly fierce. The total colonization of their salt flats seems inevitable, and their traditions seem to be condemned to extinct in order to «save» the world.