When Rafael Correa becomes president of Ecuador in 2007, the West will no longer lend money to the country. The new president then turns to China and makes a number of deals and contracts with the Chinese government, giving the larger country influence over Ecuador’s mining, oil, and infrastructure. Not all Ecuadorians are happy. In the lush mountains, villages are setting up guerrilla armies led by eco-activist Paúl Jarrín Mosquera, who is fighting to protect their homes and local resources. In Ecuador’s capital, journalist Fernando Villavicencio exposes government corruption to such an extent that he has to flee to save himself.
This Stolen Country of Mine is an intensely dramatic documentary about the consequences of globalization and the grassroots efforts to save one’s home from outside industrialization.
JBFC Members: Get a Passport stamp for Ecuador when you see This Stolen Country of Mine.