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Under Rich Earth (Bajo Suelos Ricos)
Year:  2008
Running Time:  91 minutes
Country:  Ecuador
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Playhouse Theater
Showtime:   Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 10:00 PM
Director:  Malcolm Rogge

Description:
  Under Rich Earth is a story about ordinary people with extraordinary courage. In a remote mountain valley in Ecuador, coffee and sugarcane farmers face the dismal prospect of being forced off their land to make way for a mining project. Unprotected by the police and ignored by their government, they prepare to face down the invaders on their own.

Their resistance ultimately leads to a remarkable and dangerous stand off between farmers and a band of armed paramilitaries deep in the cloud forest. In a world dominated by news of massacres and terrorism, Under Rich Earth offers a surprising and poignant tale of hope and determination.

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Photo: Paramilitary assault on the community of Junin





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