Daughter of the Lake

  • ACMI CINEMAS Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne Australia

Dir. Ernesto Cabellos | Peru | 2015 | 87mins | Melbourne Premiere

Told in an interweaving triptych of stories, Daughter of the Lake follows three different groups of women impacted by the effects of mining.

Nélida considers herself a spiritual Daughter of the lakes that have sustained her village for millennia. Lying just beneath these lakes is Yanacocha, Latin America’s largest gold deposit making and now target of a global mining company. In a dystopian vision of what augurs for Nélida and her people, we are also transported to Bolivia where we see a similar situation but further advanced where multinational prospectors have sadly won.

We also meet Dutch jeweler Bibi van der Velden and witness her confront the human and environmental cost of the mining that makes her creations possible. Daughter of the Lake is a deftly balanced evocation of the spiritual and the political.

Daughter of the Lake avoids easy answers and leaves the audience feeling the gravity of the situation in which communities such as Nélida’s find themselves. The film asks audiences to weigh the personal, commercial, industrial, and ecological values of water with the ethical and spiritual elements that have run throughout history.
— Patrick Mullen, Point of View Magazine


Senator Janet Rice

Senator for Victoria

Nicola Paris

Founder of CounterAct

Molly Harrriss Olson

CEO Fairtrade Australia

This panel will be moderated by Livia Cullen, Australian Conservation Foundation and former EFFA Director.