/ / 2019, Colonial Theatre, Feature Films

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Saturday 7:30 PM | Colonial Theatre
2018 | USA | 81 min | Documentary
Director: Cynthia Wade, Sasha Friedlander
Producers: Sasha Friedlander, Cynthia Wade, Tracie Holder, Matthew Syrett
Cinematographers: Boaz Freund, Axel Baumann, Bao Nguyen
Editor: Sasha Friedlander

Filmmakers in attendance

When Dian was six years old, she heard a deep rumble and turned to see a tsunami of mud barreling towards her village. Her neighbors ran for their lives. Sixteen villages, including Dian’s, were plunged under 60 feet of mud. A decade later, nearly 60,000 people have been displaced from what was once a thriving industrial and residential area in East Java, Indonesia. The cause? Lapindo, a multinational company drilling for natural gas in 2006, struck an underground pocket of mud and unleashed a violent flow of hot sludge from the earth’s depths.

Despite initial assurances to do so, Lapindo has not provided promised reparations to the victims. Dian is determined to rise out of the muddy life.  She and her mother fight against the corporation accused of one of the largest man-made environmental disasters in recent history. The film bears witness to Dian’s transformation into a politically active teenager as she questions the role of corporate power and money in the institution of democracy itself.