This past summer, I studied abroad in Cochabamba, Bolivia with Amizade, an awesome company that combines study abroad with service-learning around the world.
They are hosting a Culture and Justice movie series this week in the NiteSpot. Here are the descriptions and times.
(The movie that’s playing tonight, The Devil’s Miner, is excellent. I watched it before I went to Bolivia and it really gives a lot of background.)
The Devil’s MinerThe Devil’s Miner is the story of Basilio Vargas, a 14-year-old veteran mine worker in Bolivia. His father died when he was two and Basilio is the primary breadwinner. Outside the mine, Basilio is Catholic. Inside, however, he puts his faith in the Devil. Basilio and the other miners believe the devil controls their fate. Basilio’s dream is to earn enough money to get an education and to leave the mines for good. Basilio is also a realist who knows what will happen if he doesn’t escape: he’ll be dead by 40 from lung disease or a mine collapse, just like an estimated eight million Cerro Rico workers before him.
Thursday, March 11th at 6:30pm, free pizza and drinks:Blue Gold: World Water WarsThe world’s fresh water is disappearing. As we pollute and waste away our very limited supply, corporate giants are working to make the building block of our globe a commodity, privatizing developing countries’ fresh water. In the midst of this, military control of water is rising, setting the stage for world water wars. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Can the human race survive?