WATER MIRROR

ESPEJO DE AGUA

By José YÉPEZ LÓPEZ

FUNDACIÓN MEMORIA CIUDADANA - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2016

The construction of a hydroelectric project in the eighties still affects the lives of communities around the reservoir in Manga del Cura, and 200 km downstream of the irrigation canal to Green River where the Comuneros prepare their trip to La Manga del cura to play a football game.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ECUADOR, BELGIUM
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Budget
    • 50 - + M$
    • Duration
    • 74 mn
    • Director(s)
    • José YÉPEZ LÓPEZ
    • Writer(s)
    • José YÉPEZ LÓPEZ
    • Producer(s)
    • Marcela DOYLET ROMERO (Fundación Memoria Ciudadana)
    • Synopsis
    • In the early eighties of last century the construction of a dam and hydroelectric power plant in the area known as "Manga del Cura" destroyed 27,000 hectares of farmland and left under water several entire villages.
      Jerome Zavala (80 years) and Adriana Vera (45 years) living in Precincts "Pescadillo" and "Smoke" respectively, alongside the dam, but have no water or electricity in their villages.
      So far for them, as for thousands of farmers in the area, the reservoir water has meant isolation, illness and death. Jerome and Adriana are part of the policy of the Integration Committee Unitarian Precincts Affected by Dams, he chaired Alfredo Chum, and in most rural communities in the area involved. Their struggle is synthesized in "reuniting the water with life" and for that conduct research, training and integration, such as the Community Census and the football championship.
      Two hundred kilometers in Green River, ancestral town of Santa Elena Peninsula, Evaristo lives Villon (65), former President of the commune. Parents and grandparents were farmers Evaristo, but when the strong winter eighty-three destroyed the small dam and barricade near the village, Evaristo and his sons must
      engage in tailoring as the vast majority of inhabitants of Rio Verde. For those years in Congress legal reforms that sparked a buying fever were made - sale of land of ancestral communes; many sold their land "at the price of egg," says Evaristo. Then, when the construction of the channel transfer water from the dam started
      they understood the reason for everything. The land was in few hands.
      A bus full of commoners part in the early hours of Green River. They target the Manga del Cura at the invitation of the Committee to a football game ... and to start joining the two ends of this story.
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