Donde los niños no sueñan

Peru, 2017-2019

Peru is one of the countries with the highest of territory gave in concession to extractive industries. More than 15% is in concession to mining companies foreigner. For geological reasons the majority of those concessions are in the Andean area, over 3000 m a.s.l.

Cerro de Pasco has more than 70,000 inhabitants and has developed around a huge open pit quarry called El Tajo. A crater two kilometers long and wide and almost a kilometer deep from which tons of copper, lead, zinc, gold and silver have been extracted. The waste rocks are poured into the environment causing irreparable damage to the inhabitants and the ecosystem.

Industrial pollution has made Cerro de Pasco one of the most polluted places on earth. If international standards were applied, 100% of the population would be rushed to hospital due to the presence of heavy metals in their bodies.
33% of infant mortality is due to congenital malformations and the incidence of cancer is four times the national average.

Despite the millions of dollars generated by over 400 years of mining exploitation, today Cerro de Pasco is one of the poorest cities in Peru. The health system is almost non-existent, the education system is close to collapse and the population receives no help from the government. The inhabitants of Cerro de Pasco live in a situation of social and economic exclusion.

In recent years the NGO Source International and local activists have been working to push international institutions to recognize the case of Cerro de Pasco as a crime against humanity.

Documentary:

Lourdes and her family live a few meters from a large lead mine that contaminates the environment in which they live. Lourdes’ children suffer from serious diseases caused by heavy metal pollution, with consequences on their life expectation. The need to take them away from that area that is killing them clashes with the social and economic impossibility of imagining a future anywhere else.

 

Awards
2022  Urbanautica Institute Awards – Shortlist
2021  Documentary Photographer of the Year – RPS
2021  Belfast Photo Festival – Shortlist
2021  Zine Tonic Award – Honorable Mention
2020  Zeiss Photography Award – Shortlist
2020  MIFA – Honorable Mention
2020  IPA – Honorable Mention

 

Featured on
Die Zeit
The Washington Post
FQ Millennium
Il Post
Artribune
Oltremare

 

Exhibitions

2024  Iquique, Cile
2024  Palazzo Ducale, Biennale itinerante del sociale, Genova, Italia
2024  Officine Fotografiche, Biennale itinerante del sociale, Roma, Italia
2024  Palazzo Averoldi, Biennale itinerante del sociale, Brescia, Italia

2022  Chippenham Museum
2022  Chatelherault House, Glasgow
2022  Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
2022  Oriel Colwyn, North Wales
2022  Newcastle Arts Centre
2022  FujiFilm House of Photography, London
2022  St John’s College, Oxford

 

Screenings

Cinema in Libertà, Case circondariali di Secondigliano e Poggioreale
Terramia Film Festival
Humans Fest, Valencia
Corto D’Orico, Ancona
Visioni Verticali, Potenza
Festival Internacional De Cine sobre Derechos Humanos
Bogocine – Festival de Cine de Bogotá
Roma Creative Contest
G Local DOC
Festival del Cinema dei Diritti Umani di Napoli
CortoDino Film Festival, Torre Annunziata
Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano
Sulmona International Film Festival
Fano Film Festival, Fano
ÍCARO – Festival Internacional de Cine en Centroamérica
Terra di Tutti Film Festival
Give Peace a Screen
Matera Film Festival
CineOFF, Jesi
Sezze Film Festival
ValdarnoCinema Film Festival
Festival Internazionale del Cinema Povero
Mario Puzo Film Festival
Aria Film Festival
Caselle Film Festival
Lucania Film Festival
Magna Graecia Film Festival
Clorofilla Film Festival
Festival de Cortometrajes de Medi Ambient Montseny
Ariano International Film Festival
Lucania Film Festival
Social World Film Festival
Festival dei Diritti a Baschi
Umbria Film Festival
Pärnu Film Festival
Mediterraneo Festival Corto
CinemAmbiente
Prato Film Festival
Life After Oil
Festival Internacional Cine Social Rio Negro
Los Angeles Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival
Festival Internacional de Cine de Lanzarote
West Nordic International Film Festival
AccordiDisaccordi
DIG Awards

Awards 2022  Urbanautica Institute Awards – Shortlist

2021  Documentary Photographer of the Year – RPS 2021  Belfast Photo Festival – Shortlist 2021  Zine Tonic Award – Honorable Mention

2020  Zeiss Photography Award – Shortlist 2020  MIFA – Honorable Mention 2020  IPA – Honorable Mention

Exhibitions/Screenings 2022  Chippenham Museum 2022  Chatelherault House, Glasgow 2022  Eden Court Theatre, Inverness 2022  Oriel Colwyn, North Wales 2022  Newcastle Arts Centre 2022  FujiFilm House of Photography, London 2022  St John’s College, Oxford