Documentary | 14A | 88 min.


Uptown Theatre 1 Sat, Feb 22, 2020 4:30 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2019
Rating:14A - for mature content
Production Country:USA
Original Langauge:Spanish
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Claudia Sparrow
Cast:Máxima Acuña
Mirtha Vasquez
Maryum Jordan
Produced By:Ryan Schwartz
Music By:Mauricio Yazigi


“Director Sparrow stays unflinchingly focused on the struggle between the two sides, ratcheting up suspense over a tight run time.” – Chaka V. Grier, NOW Toronto

“Sparrow never takes her eyes off Máxima's tremendous story. It's the right choice.” - Andrew Parker, The Gate

A multi-billion dollar corporation meets their match in a fearless Indigenous woman who remains uncowed after years of violent intimidation. From Executive Producer Lesley Chilcott (An Inconvenient Truth) and director Claudia Sparrow comes the incredible true story of an illiterate Peruvian farmer (Máxima Acuña) who stood up to one of the largest gold-mining companies in the world and triumphed. Maxima tracks the journey from the Peruvian Andes all the way through the Peruvian Supreme Court to the door of the World Bank in Washington D.C. as Máxima Acuña fights for justice and to protect the land, the water supply and the indigenous people from environmental destruction at American hands.

Awards: 5 Wins, 1 Nomination
Winner, Audience Award, Best Documentary, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2019
Winner, Audience Award, Best National Film, Lima Latin American Film Festival, 2019
Winner, Audience Award, Patagonia ECO Film Festival, 2019
Winner, Best Film, Patagonia ECO Film Festival, 2019
Winner, Jury Award, Honorable Mention, Woodstock Film Festival, 2019
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary Feature, Slamdance Film Festival, 2020

Tickets are available here online, or at the Uptown Theatre on the day of screening. Box office opens 1 hour before showtime.

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