Toxic Colonialism – the export of waste material from rich to poor countries – is on trial.
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.
SCREENINGS & AWARDS
2020 World Premiere: IDFA – Frontlight
2020 AricaDoc (Latin American Premiere)
2021 HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival (Norwegian Premiere)
2021 Tempo International Documentary Film Festival (Swedish Premiere)
2021 MOOOV Film Festival
2021 Millenium Film Festival
2021 One World Prague (Czech Premiere)
Upcoming: DOC-Cévennes (Jul. 7-10), L’Europe autour de l’Europe (Nov. 17-30)
- Special Mention, Con-Science Competition, Docville 2021
- Grand Prize, awarded by students, at EcoFest Romania, 2021
- Jury Special Award at EcoFest Romania, 2021
Reviews: El Mostrador (ESP), CineChile (ESP), El Mostrador (ESP), El Morrocotudo (ESP), POV Magazine (EN), Cineuropa (EN), Filmuforia (EN), Variety (EN), Down to Earth (NL), In de bioscoop (NL)
Interviews: ETC (SWE), T13 (ESP), Variety (EN), Business Doc Europe (EN)
United Nations Human Rights Council Special Report: United Nations Human Rights Communications Office for the High Commission, UN HRC Letter to Swedish Government, UN HRC Letter to Managing Director of Boliden
Press coverage: Osservatorio Diritti (IT), Scoop (EN), Business Doc Europe (EN), Pressenza (EN), Cineuropa (EN), SVT (SE)
On the whole, the piece is very powerful and it takes very little to empathise with Arica’s community. The good fight is brilliantly told and the film sheds light on a shameful case of modern colonialism.Davide Abbatescianni, Cineuropa
DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY
Born in Chile and raised in Sweden, Lars returned to South America to attend the Valparaiso Film School. Toxic Playground was Lars’ first film which went on to win 6 international awards, screening in over 30 international festivals and being broadcast on TV across Europe.
Since completing Toxic Playground, Lars has retrained as a speech and language therapist and now lives in the north of Norway. Arica will be his second feature documentary.
William Johansson Kalén
William Johansson Kalén has worked as a Director, Editor in chief, DoP and Film editor since 2006 and has been working with a number of documentaries, documentary series and TV-programs. He co-directed the award-winning documentary Toxic Playground in 2009 and started as a film producer in 2015 when he also became a shareholder of Laika Film & Television. He is currently producing an artistic documentary about architecture that will premiere in early 2021 and producing a couple of Laika’s projects in development. He has worked as assistant producer on the documentary Cold Case Hammarskjöld and the fiction Beauty And The Dogs and The Man Who Sold His Skin. He is also the Swedish producer in the fiction Jordanian film Farha that will premiere in spring 2021.
Director Lars Edman, William Johansson Kalén
Production Andreas Rocksen for Laika Film & Television AB, William Johansson Kalén
Co-production Clin d’Oeil films, Relation04 Media AS, Radio Film Ltd, Aricadoc
Cinematography William Johansson Kalén
Animation Johan Lindström
Editing Göran Gester, William Johansson Kalén
Sound Lars Edman
Music Per Henrik Mäenpää
Screenplay Lars Edman, William Johansson Kalén
Involved TV Channel SVT, RTBF
PRODUCER’S BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY
Andreas Rocksén co-founded Laika Film in 2004 and is now Managing Director. He is an acknowledged journalist and has produced, co-produced and directed numerous short and feature-length documentaries and in recent years also entered into fiction as a co-producer.
His latest production, Cold Case Hammarskjöld won awards at Sundance, It’s All True, Movies that Matters, One World and more.
William Johansson Kalén
Laika Film & Television AB is an independent film production company. We have since 2004 produced a number of reports and documentaries on subjects that engage, reveals and creates debate. Our films have been recognized with awards and nominations all over the globe.
Recently Laika Film & Television AB has also entered into international feature film projects with the ambition to bring new stories to life.
Swedish Film Institute
Swedish Postcode Lottery
Swedish Arts Grant
Film i Västerbotten