Uma: a water crisis in Bolivia tells the story of three Andean indigenous communities in the highlands of Bolivia who are fighting to protect their water from diversion and contamination amid a national water crisis. The government has consistently supported the expansion of mining, granting miners unrestricted water access and failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws. UMA, the Aymara word for water, takes us on a journey from the tropical Andean glaciers and the highest navigable lake in the world to the mines of Oruro, and the vanished Lake Poopo. It is a women’s story of displacement, resistance, and struggle for environmental justice.
EnvironmentFood / WaterGender Role and IdentityIndigenous peoples / First Nations peoplesLand RightsPolitical ActivistsResistanceRuralSocial Conflict