Claudia Sparrow USA / 2019 / 88 minutes US Premiere
English, and Spanish with subtitles
Times and Venues:
WOODSTOCK Bearsville Theater
RHINEBECK Upstate Films I
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Claudia Sparrow
SYNOPSIS: Maxima is the impassioned story of a simple Peruvian woman, Máxima Acuña, and her stalwart fight to preserve her home and life in harmony with nature. Maxima lives on beautiful land surrounded by the Yanacocha Mine — the second largest producer of gold in the world — controlled by massive American mining conglomerate Newmont Mining Corporation. Newmont is brutally trying to force Maxima off of her land. With exquisite cinematography and deep sensitivity for its subject, we watch this tiny woman in a poncho, full of grace, stand up to corruption and an abusive adversary. A true underdog, this hardworking, brave, resilient, woman stops at nothing in her fight for justice and nothing more. If you ever need a reason to stand up to corporate bullies, Maxima shows you that it can be done with dignity and a strength that never wavers. — Sierra Slaughter
BIO: Claudia Sparrow, born and raised in Lima, Peru, has been recognized in El Comercio, the main Peruvian newspaper, and Caras magazine as one of the ten prominent filmmakers in Peru. Claudia’s first feature film, I Remember You,, starring Stefanie Butler (Stranger Things) and Joe Egender (The Night of), which she wrote and directed, won best dramatic feature film at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles and had a theatrical and VOD release in 2016. Her American Film Institute thesis film, El Americano, shot in Lima and Los Angeles, won an Emmy Award in the drama category. Claudia is also the recipient of the Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award for directing El Americano. Claudia is a 2018 Film Independent Fellow.
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