When Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) decided to step up production at the Panguna Mine on the island of Bougainville, they got more than they bargained for. The people of Bougainville were not prepared to see their environment ruined.
RTZ refused to compensate them, so the people decided it was time to put an end to outside interference in Bougainville. To do this they forcibly closed down the mine.
This is the modern-day story of a native peoples remarkable victory over powerful capitalist interests. The people of Bougainville rose up in arms against a giant mining corporation – and won despite a military occupation and blockade.
This documentary was first released in 2001.