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The Swedish Cemetery

People in the affected area in Arica have painted a mural on the wall surrounding the toxic waste from Boliden.Women in Arica, affected by the Boliden waste, have made a beautiful film…

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Elia Cortez

In the film Elia Cortez is seen as she tells Lars and Rodrigo about the numerous cancer cases in her neighborhood. Today she is running a “Solidarity Pot” in order to help…

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Rodrigo Pino Vargas

Rodrigo Pino Vargas is presented in the film as a community leader in Arica. His role is informal, but since 2004 his engagement in the Boliden case has been of great importance to…

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Patricia Aguirre

Patricia Aguirre with her daughter Abigail. Abigail is seriously handicapped since she was born. Patricia is one of the 796 plaintiffs in the case. If they win the case Patricia hopes to…

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Background

In 1984, the Swedish mining company Boliden had toxic waste shipped to Chile, where it was supposed to be properly processed. In reality, some of the waste was dumped on the outskirts…

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The film

Filmmakers William Johansson Kalen and Lars Edman have covered the case since their first film Boliden (2010). In their following film Arica (2020) we get an insight look inside the powerful case…

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The court case

796 Chilean citizens who were injured by the wetland sludge from Rönnskärsverken containing high levels of arsenic that Boliden shipped over to the Polygono area in Arica, Chile, during 1984-1985.…

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