In 1998, Jonathan Walters was lucky enough to be present at a protest rally in the vicinity of Eppawala. Scenes from this rally, combined with strikingly peaceful images of both the people and the environment of Eppawala, only strengthen the importance of stopping this conglomerate from effecting such an environmental and cultural tragedy.
The American partner in the joint venture company which wants to destroy the Sri Lankan heartland is Illinois-based IMC-Agrico. But Sri Lankans refer to "the Americans" as "Freeport-McMoRan" or simply "McMoRan," the name of the New Orleans parent company which initially negotiated the mining "rights" and from which IMC-Agrico was spun off. Though this film reflects Sri Lankan usage accurately, the film-maker does not thereby affirm that IMC-Agrico is merely an alias for Freeport-McMoRan, nor that the current companies bearing the "McMoRan" name are directly or indirectly involved in Sri Lanka, which they specifically deny, even though stockholders and directors of the various McMoRan spin-offs overlap considerably. Though all these companies associated with the New Orleans millionaire "Jim Bob" Moffett are notorious polluters of the globe, IMC-Agrico is especially criticized for its U.S. phosphate industry whereas Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold is especially criticized for its Indonesian mining projects.
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