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 of the desert town of Arica.

The consequences were severe: in the years that followed, residents developed cancer and many babies were born with birth defects.

In this sequel to Toxic Playground (2009), the filmmakers follow the lawsuit against the mining company.

Released on Tuesday 9 March at 18.00. The movie was available for streaming for 48 h.

ARICA by Lars Edman and William Johansson Kalén | TRAILER from Lightdox on Vimeo

Arena Idé’s Lisa Pelling meets the directors Lars Edman and William Johansson Kalén in a talk regarding the film Arica, screened in competition in the section Tempo Documentary Award 2021.

  • Director

    Lars Edman & William Johansson Kalén

  • Producers

    Andreas Rocksén, William Johansson Kalén, Hanne Phlypo, Andy Jones, Ellie Smith, Karl Emil Rikardsen, José Miguel Garrido 

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    97 min

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    Tempo Documentary Award




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