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Story Publication logo July 13, 2021

‘Green as Gold’, the Documentary Chronicling Tensions Over a Colombian Mining Project (Spanish)


Aerial view of the Cauca River Valley

AngloGold's mining project La Quebradona could make things worse for the spectacled bear.

'Verde como el oro' es un documental que muestra la oposición a los proyectos de megaminería en el suroeste del departamento de Antioquia, en Colombia.
Green as Gold (Verde como el oro) is a documentary that shows the opposition to mega-mining projects in the southwestern department of Antioquia, Colombia. Image courtesy of Isabella Bernal/Green as Gold.

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Although the multinational AngloGold Ashanti is promising to hire thousands of inhabitants of the southwestern department of Antioquia to mine copper, gold and silver for the next 20 years, this documentary highlights the fears of local farmers about the environmental and social impact of the mining project.

One of the mining projects that has generated the most resistance in Colombia is Quebradona, with which AngloGold Ashanti plans to extract 4.9 million tons of copper concentrate, gold and other minerals.

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Watch the documentary directed by Amazon Rainforest Journalism Fund grantee Isabella Bernal below.

Estos son algunos de los tres campesinos de Jericó y Támesis, en Colombia, que aparecen en el documental 'Verde como el oro'. Ellos solían ser cazadores y ahora protegen al oso andino.
Farmers from Jericó and Támesis, Colombia, who appear in the documentary Green as Gold. They used to be hunters but now protect the Andean bear. Image courtesy of Isabella Bernal/Green as Gold.