Thank you! Thank you for being a part of Global Screening Day, and for helping to share the stories in Gold Fever. We know that the issues presented in the film – not unlike many of the big issues in our world today -- are highly challenging, complex, and at times overwhelming, so we are all the more appreciative of your decision to dedicate your time and resources to this worldwide action.
Today, you are viewing and discussing these issues alongside members of your own community, as well as over a hundred groups, large and small, around the world. Hosts like: Idle No More, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, Solidaridad Suecia América Latina in Nicaragua, First Defenders in Dublin, a student group at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, and a hearty bunch at the Old Fire Hall in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, as well as indigenous rights, mining activists, and university groups too numerous to name. Special guests include Sister Maudilia of San Miguel Ixtahuacán, photojournalist James Rodriguez, Amnesty Int’l Canada’s Tara Scurr, Oxfam America’s Sofia Vergara, Rights Action’s (and film participant) Grahame Russell, Madre Selva’s (and film participant) Magali Rei Rosa, and Juanita Cabrera Lopez, a member of the Maya Mam Council.
In other words, you are in amazing company, and that is a big part of what we’re all doing here today. While we look forward to news of your great work on these important issues with each other, we also truly believe that your presence here today is in and of itself meaningful, positive, and valuable. To state the obvious, you are the reason we embarked on this project, and the reason people like Diodora, Crisanta and Gregoria shared their time and testimony. So thank you again. We look forward to hearing about your screenings and conversations (send us photos!), and to sharing the good news of your participation with our friends in Guatemala and around the world.