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Rosemont Mine exposé screens at Loft Cinema

A documentary film backed by opponents of the Rosemont Mine project will be shown Sunday afternoon. "Flin Flon Flim Flam" is the second project directed by investigative reporter John Dougherty to focus on the proposed copper mine south of Tucson.

The 48-minute doc focuses on the business practices of Hudbay Minerals, the Canadian company that bought the project last year. Dougherty's 2012 film "Cyanide Beach" reported on a company related to the previous owner of the long-delayed open-pit project; Sargold Resource Corp. was controlled by the members of the board of Augusta Resources. That company didn't clean up pollution from a gold mining site on the Italian island of Sardinia, Dougherty maintained.

Dougherty's films on the project were financed by FICO, the Sahuarita pecan farming operation that opposes the mine, mostly because it would increase competition for water in the area.

FICO owners Nan and Dick Walden "have not seen the film and played zero role in production," Dougherty said.

The founder of InvestigativeMedia was a candidate in the 2010 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. TucsonSentinel.com has published several of Dougherty's reports on the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire near Prescott.

Dougherty has rented the Loft Cinema for a 4 p.m. screening of his latest film, Sunday, Oct. 18. Tickets are $10.

The reporter said the movie "documents Hudbay’s legacy of lead poisoning in a remote Manitoba community where the company operated a notorious copper smelter for 80 years."

"Hudbay’s former operations in Guatemala where the company stands accused of murder, rape and shootings in a precedent setting civil trial," Dougherty said.

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From a press release:

Dougherty travels to the Peruvian Andes documenting indigenous villagers occupying a mine site after Peruvian police beat and teargased protesters angry over Hudbay’s failure to abide by an agreement. Dougherty uncovers Hudbay’s misleading statements over its proposed Rosemont copper project and the ecological treasure that would be destroyed if the mine were constructed.

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