ARICA to be part of VICE’s ‘The Short List with Suroosh Alvi’
Lars Edman and William Johansson Kalén’s thrilling documentary will feature in a highly curated list of eight new films, spanning diverse topics, which VICE is bringing to its millions of viewers around the world. Each episode features the full documentary accompanied by Alvi in conversation with the filmmakers discussing the journey it took to make the documentaries, as well as the afterlife of the films and their characters.
“We’re thrilled to be rolling out season 2 of The Short List and putting a spotlight on incredibly diverse filmmakers and films from around the world. These are important films that VICE would have made if we could have, but we didn’t. So we decided to create a platform for the next wave of talented filmmakers.”VICE Media founder, Suroosh Alvi
A Swedish mining company exports 20,000 tonnes of toxic waste to the Chilean desert town of Arica. Thousands of people become sick, many die from cancer. ARICA plunges us into the groundbreaking corporate accountability trial which begins after Lars Edman – born in Chile and raised in Boliden – exposes the scandal.
Alongside his co-director William Johansson, Lars follows the story for 15 years, exposing how decisions made decades ago in Europe continue to affect people in South America. Part personal journey, part courtroom drama, ARICA is the story of an afflicted community fighting for justice against a multinational company desperate to clear their name.
ARICA has been on a festival-circuit tour, winning eleven international awards including the Grand Prize at the EcoFest Romania 2021, Reporters WIthout Boarders Human Rights Award at FIGRA 2021, and Best Documentary Award at Nordische Filmtage in Lübeck 2021, most recently an Honorable Mention in the International Documentary Competition at Solidarity Human Rights Film Festival 2021.
Read VICE Media Group’s press announcement here.