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Germany, 2018

Production : HFF Munchen

Programmed by Luc-Carolin Ziemann


English, French

Les films de HFF Munchen


Every morning Flora wanders through the Argentinian mountains with her llamas to find pastureland. Still, the land grows more barren every month, making her animals struggle to find spots to feed on. A US-Canadian corporation settled down in the region of Salinas Grandes to mine lithium. Helping itself to the last water resources of the Atamaca and Kolla, the corporation seeks to satisfy the hunger of the world for rechargeable batteries.

Tënk's opinion

The vast expanses of the salt deserts in north-western Argentina hold one of the largest lithium deposits in the world. International corporations are mining the “white gold”, depriving the indigenous people, who breed llamas and do traditional salt-mining for a living, of the precious ground water. In magnificent images and with a narrative stance that combines poetry and agitprop, “Oro Blanco” shows that the indigenous population has long ago started to take action against the destruction of “pacha mama”.
Director Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez tells a story of desecration and exploitation, which has consequences not only for the inhabitants, but also worldwide. With well-composed images and its clear message, this film creates an awareness of something that people prefer to look away at.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
Curator, author and film educator

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