In 2006 the oil company Lapindo triggered an underground mud volcano when drilling for gas in the Sidoarja region of Java. The eruption killed 20 people, buried 16 villages under 18 metres of mud and displaced 40,000 people. A decade later, the mud is still flowing and neither the oil company nor the authorities have kept their promises of economic aid to the devastated communities. In the inspiring documentary GRIT we meet Dian, who was six years old when the tragedy occurred, and who has grown into a fearless young woman fighting for justice against the government and the oil industry.
Festival guests, Q&A: Cynthia Wade, Sasha Friedlander, directors
Cynthia Wade, Sasha Friedlander
Cynthia Wade (USA), Sasha Friedlander (USA) Wade’s selected filmography: GENERATION STARTUP (2016), HEART FELT (2015), SHELTER DOGS (2003), Friedlander’s filmography: WHERE HEAVEN MEETS HELL (2013)