A few months ago I reviewed a documentary “Mirages of El Dorado” on Press TV, the Iranian version of CNN or Al-Jazeera.
It seemed to have come out in 2008, but for some reason we reviewed it on the channel at the end of last year. Perhaps that was when it came over to Europe.
The documentary, which is powerfully shot but quite flawed, is still worth watching if you see it on your DVD rental website or in Blockbuster video.
Here’s the discussion we had below, with a fair bit of footage from the film, which gives you a good flavour of what it’s all about.
When you look at projects like this, and the claims and counter claims on both sides, it serves as reminder of how complex these issues are.
One thing is for sure though, Barrick Gold has not demonstrated it really understands stakeholder engagement very well at all.
The company will loathe the documentary, but it should at least teach them that talking to stakeholders is incredibly important.
The trailer for the film is here: