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posted 28 September 2004 11:49 PM      Profile for eugen     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The "New Eldorado" documentary, by Hungarian film maker Tibor Kocsis, will be screened as a Canadian premiere on Sunday October 3, at 2:00 pm, during the Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival, at the Town Hall at Innis College, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto (closest intersection is Lakeshore Blvd. West and Royal York Rd.)

The documentary presents the actions of a junior gold mining Canadian company - Gabriel Resources
Ltd. (shares traded in Toronto under TSX-T.GBU ) -, resulting in the destruction of a community
which has existed for thousands of years, as well as the opposition's viewpoint on this intended
mine project (which project is currently underway, despite lacking legal permits for some of its activities). A discussion, and a questions and answers period will follow the film presentation.

The "Save Rosia Montana" Campaign is Romania's largest civil society movement to date. The
campaign was born four years ago, when local property owners founded `Alburnus Maior' to oppose Rosia Montana's destruction by Europe's largest open cast cold mining project. The campaign has won international support from various NGOs such as MiningWatch and Greenpeace, amongst many others.

Rosia Montana Gold Corporation (RMGC), which is 80% owned by the Canadian-based mining junior Gabriel Resources (TSX:GBU), intends to operate Europe's largest open cast gold mining project in Rosia Montana, which is located at the heart of the country's beautiful Apuseni Mountains. In addition to using the controversial cyanide leaching method, the development entails among other things, the involuntary resettlement of over 2000 people, the destruction of four mountains, two valleys, ten churches, nine cemeteries, as well as unique archaeological treasures dating back to Roman times. From its' very onset, the project has been beleaguered with scandals and operational problems, including local, national and international opposition by both civil society and expert institutions.

More information available at:

Another film worth seeing - possibly as an introduction to Sunday's premiere, is "Inheritance - A fisherman's story" about an ecological disaster resulted from gold mining operations in Romania.

The documentary plays Saturday October 2 at 7 PM:

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