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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Peru Gold Mine Shut by Farmer Protests
As reported on Yahoo News and elsewhere, production at Latin America's largest gold mine was at a standstill Tuesday amid mounting criticism from Peru's business sector over the government's refusal to remove farmers blockading the facility's access road. The farmers, meanwhile, insisted that their protest is over alleged depletion and pollution of water supplies and not because they want Yanacocha to provide them jobs, as the company maintains. Officials with the Yanacocha gold mine, majority owned by Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp., announced the shutdown late Monday, saying operations were impossible.

Our critically-acclaimed, award-winning film CHOROPAMPA: THE PRICE OF GOLD portrays the aftermath of a devastating mercury spill at Yanacocha that contaminated the village of Choropampa. The environmental catastrophe turned this quiet village into a hotbed of civil resistance.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

Under One Roof, Trial, Penalty and Civics Lesson
The New York Times published a long feature article by Michael Wilson about Red Hook Community Justice Center. Now six years old, the court in Red Hook, Brooklyn is one of a kind, the nation’s first multijurisdictional community court. It combines elements of criminal, family and housing courts not only under the same roof, but also before the same judge, Alex M. Calabrese.

Our acclaimed release RED HOOK JUSTICE was filmed over the course of nearly two years, as the filmmakers were granted unique access to film the daily activities of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, for in-depth look at the defendants and staff who are part of this increasingly influential experiment.

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Iran Bans Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi's Rights Group
As reported on Yahoo News and around the world, Iran has declared as "illegal" a human rights group headed by Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and vowed to prosecute its continued activities. But Ebadi, quoting Iran's constitution, responded that her center did not require a permit.

The acclaimed documentary SHIRIN EBADI: A SIMPLE LAWYER is an in-depth profile of the groundbreaking attorney, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her tireless fight for democracy and human rights, in particular the struggle for the rights of women and children.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Russia's Hermitage Says Staff Took Part in $4.9 Million Theft
As reported on Bloomberg news and elsewhere, Russia's Hermitage Museum, which houses one of the world's largest collections of western European art, said staff members were involved in the theft of 221 exhibits worth 130 million rubles ($4.9 million).

Our acclaimed, award-winning documentary THE HERMITAGE DWELLERS as much about the people who work in Russia's renowned museum as it is about the glorious art housed in this St. Petersburg institution. We meet with several "Hermitage-niks" -- including Olga Bogdanova, the head of museum maintenance, icon curator Alexandra Kostsova, museum attendant Valentina Barbashova, and art handler Vadim Kuptsov, among others -- each of whom explains their own very personal reasons for considering the palace of Catherine the Great their "home."

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