No a los papelones a film on Argentine activists' fear over pulp mill

Published: Thursday 15 February 2007

No a los papelones, a documentary criticising activists in the Argentine city of Gualeguaych, who fear a pulp mill to be installed on the eastern bank of the border river between Argentina and Uruguay will cause pollution, was shown for the first time in Uruguay on January 12. Argentine director Eduardo Montes Bradley has so far not shown the film in his home country for the fear of reprisal.

"It's about ideological falsehood, about a town afraid about something it knows nothing about. And it portrays those in the front line of the demonstrations using emotional arguments, such as that (the area's residents) will have three-headed babies," Pepi Goncalvez, the film's press spokeswoman, told the Latin American website Tierramrica. She said the Gualeguaych activists actually do a dis-service to genuine environmentalism. "The film is not against people who do serious work," she said.

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