ARICA


Sweden/Chile/Norway/Great Britain – 2020


Screenplay: Lars Edman, William Johansson Kalén
Directors: Lars Edman, William Johansson Kalén
Photography: William Johansson Kalén
Producers: Andreas Rocksén, William Johansson Kalén (Laika Film)
Co-Producers:
Hanne Phlypo (Clin d’Oeil films)
José Miguel Garrido Valdéz (Aricadoc)
Andy Jones, Ellie Smith (Radio Film)
Karl Emil Rikardsen, Knut Skoglund (Relation04 Media)
Anna Svensson, Matti Kentrschynskyj (SVT)
Katja Härkönen (Filmpool Nord)
Isabelle Christiaens (RTBF)


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, Sweden – 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.