Law of the Jungle

Friday 18 January 7.30pm
Where: Commonwealth Club, 25 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5AP
Denmark 2011
Directors: Michael Christoffersen, Hans LaCour
Producers: Stefan Frost. Co producer Finn Mathiasen, Henrik Underbjerg
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

In 2008, the Peruvian government divided 70% of the country into more than 100 blocks. It then sold the rights to exploit this land, much of it precious rainforest, to multinational companies. In protest, a group of indigenous people decided to occupy the airfield of the oil company Pluspetrol. They wanted to let them know that they were destroying their livelihood; for years rivers had been full of oil and their children had died young. 

When a policeman is killed, a group of  indigenous men are jailed, accused of murder and terrorism. Held in a prison a week by boat from their families, they have to try to clear their names in a courtroom where everything is stacked against them, including a shockingly corrupt police force. The indigenous people are poor and disliked by the majority public, so their chances of winning a courtroom battle are next to none, but a young indigenous leader, Fachin, refuses to give in. Their only hope lies with an impassioned defence lawyer and an eyewitness too frightened to testify.