"Flin Flon Flim Flam" Film Screening and Q&A with Director

July 12, 2016

John Dougherty

Tuesday, July 12, 7:00PM–9:00PM, The Cinematheque, #200 - 1131 Howe St., Vancouver

Co-sponsored by InvestigativeMEDIA and Stop the Institute

Event is FREE and open to the public. No registration required.

In the wake of the New York Times’ April front-page story on Hudbay Minerals’ alleged human rights abuses in Guatemala that triggered calls for national mining reform, Arizona investigative journalist John Dougherty presents his unflinching exposé on Hudbay’s worldwide operations in the documentary “Flin Flon Flim Flam”.

In September 2014, Mr. Dougherty traveled to Guatemala where he interviewed the same victims and survivors that appear in the Times story. Hudbay stands accused in a Toronto civil trial of a series of atrocities that left a prominent Mayan community leader hacked and shot to death, 11 women alleging they were gang raped by mine security personnel and a young father paralyzed from a shooting during a community protest.

Two months later, Mr. Dougherty was at Hudbay’s Constancia Mine in Peru soon after demonstrators were beaten and teargased by police during a community protest. The film also documents Hudbay’s long history of environmental contamination in Flin Flon and its clashes with a First Nation. In Arizona, Hudbay plans to build a massive open-pit copper mine in a “Sky Island” with a dozen endangered species, including the only known wild jaguar in the U.S.

Mr. Dougherty will answer questions after the screening.

InvestigativeMEDIA, LLC founder John Dougherty has more than 30 years experience in the mainstream and alternative news media working as an investigative reporter, business and political writer, columnist and publisher. John earned his B.S. Journalism (1978) and B.S. Economics (1981) degrees from Arizona State University, and is a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc. and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism Hall of Fame. John has also been a regular contributor to The Washington Post’s sports and financial sections and covered the 2001 World Series. His feature stories on environmental issues facing the West have also appeared in High Country News.

John has been named the Virg Hill Arizona Journalist of the Year three times and received the Don Bolles Investigative Reporter of the Year by the Arizona Press Club and has won dozens of state, regional and national journalism awards. He has also received many journalism awards and honours.