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La Buena Vida

FilmFilms for Ages 15+

Jens Schanze / Germany and Switzerland / 2015 / 97 mins / Spanish with English subtitles / Documentary

“This documentary is touching, illuminating, and enraging” – Stuttgarter Zeitung.


For centuries the Wayúu community of Tamaquito in northern Colombia have lived off their native land, remaining completely self-sufficient and sustainable throughout generations. Their traditional way of life is challenged as the rapidly expanding Cerrejon coalmine begins to take over their home and implements immediate relocation for the community. Jairo Fuentes, the young leader of Tamaquito, faces a relentless battle of inevitable change that he and many other indigenous communities are currently facing around the world. Presenting a David-vs-Goliath tale of a spirited indigenous community resisting a global mining conglomerate, La Buena Vida urges us to consider the personal and environmental impacts of global capitalism.


This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)



Winner: Best Documentary – Bavarian Film Awards 2015
Berlinale 2015
Visions du Reel 2015
DOK.Fest Munich


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