Hartwick To Show Film “Defensora”

April 1, 2014

On Friday, April 11, Hartwick College will hold a screening of the film Defensora. The event will take place at 5 p.m. in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel House on the Hartwick College campus.

Following the screening, Lee Toepfer of 6KidsProductions will be joined for a round table discussion by two film makers of the Triple Divide (to be shown at Hartwick the day prior on Thursday, April 10), Joshua B. Pribanic and Melissa Troutman.

According to the film's website, "Defensora is a documentary about a Mayan Q'eqchi' resistance against mining in Guatemala. The story is set along the shores of Lake Izabal in the community of El Estor where a nickel mining company has operated for over 50 years. Tensions run high against a backdrop of pro and anti-mining camps, violence and forced evictions. The film takes audiences into the lives of defenders in the resistance who struggle to reclaim their ancestral lands and seek justice in Canadian courts for alleged human rights violations."

This event is sponsored by the Cyrus Mehri '83 Global Pluralism Fellowship, The Hartwick College Language Department, the Political Science Department and Latin American-Caribbean Studies (LACS).

For further information, please contact Hartwick College Associate Professor of Spanish and LACS Coordinator Dr. Esperanza Roncero at 607-431-4849 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031