A Swedish mining company exports 20,000 tonnes of toxic waste to the Chilean desert town of Arica. Thousands of people become sick, many die from cancer. Arica plunges us into the groundbreaking corporate accountability trial which begins after Lars Edman – born in Chile and raised in Boliden, birthplace of the company – exposes the scandal.
Alongside his co-director William Johansson, Lars follows the story for 15 years, exposing how decisions made decades ago in Europe continue to affect people in South America. Part personal journey, part courtroom drama, Arica is the story of an afflicted community fighting for justice against a multinational company desperate to clear their name.
“…the piece is very powerful and it takes very little to empathise with Arica’s community. The good fight is brilliantly told and the film sheds light on a shameful case of modern colonialism.”
Davide Abbatescianni, CineEuropa