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Close Up Sisters Truth To Power Youth Programme

20 September 2019 | 5:50pm - 8:30pm

88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom
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Film Synopsis: Grit

Director: Cynthia Wade, Sasha Friedlander | Countries of production: United States | Year: 2018 | Length: 81 min
Language: Indonesian with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Dian was six when she heard a rumbling as an earthquake, set off by natural gas drilling in the area, led to a tsunami of mud hurtling towards her village. Ten years later, thousands of people in her community still seek reparation from the powerful mining company responsible for the damage. As a teenager finding her political voice, Dian has high hopes for Indonesia’s new administration – but she faces many obstacles on the road to justice.

Dian’s story epitomises that of many other indigenous populations rising up against the impunity with which large mining companies are destroying communities, cultures and the environment. While it exposes the links between energy companies and government – fuelled by bribes and political expediency – Grit is, at its heart, a rousing tribute to youth activism and to the role of education in empowering young women.



Beyond the Screen

Join us after the film to explore challenges to corporate impunity in Scotland and beyond. We will be joined by guests including Dorothy Guerrero (Head of Policy, Global Justice Now) and Jenni Tyyska (Young Friends of the Earth).


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