Jairo Fuentes is the young leader of the community of Tamaquito, a village in the forests of northern Colombia. But the Wayúu community’s way of life is being destroyed by the El Cerrejón coal mine. This vast chasm extends for 700 square kilometers, making it the world’s largest open-cast coal mine. Every day, the pit gets deeper, gnawing away at the previously unspoiled landscape. Determined to save his community from the forced displacement, Jairo Fuentes sets out to negotiate with the mine’s operators.


Directed by Jens Schanze. Produced by Jens Schanze and Frank Matter. Special Guests Jairo Valencia and Michelle Marshall. Presented by the Documentary Center at George Washington University and the Goethe-Institute.


The Good Life (La Buena Vida)

2015 DE, CH, CO 97 min
Festival Year: 2016
Types: Documentary
Topic: Energy & Resources, Indigenous Voices