The Illusion of Abundance

The screening will be followed by a discussion with:

Matthieu Lietaert, the film's director
Lucía Ixchíu, indigenous Kʼicheʼ citizen from Totonicapán, Guatemala (currently in exile)
Moderator: Karolína Kvačková, People in Need


About the film

Máxima, Berta and Carolina are Latina activists. They are fighting tirelessly against the brutal practices of multinationals against nature and indigenous peoples in Peru, Honduras and Brazil.

Máxima, who resisted forced eviction from her property near a gold mine in Peruvian Cajamarca, was severely beaten. Honduran journalist Berta Cáceres, who drew attention to the misconduct of developers in a giant hydroelectric project on the Honduran river Gualcarque, was murdered. Carolina, in turn, is trying to bring to justice the culprits behind the 272 human casualties of a catastrophic toxic waste dam breach in the traditional Brazilian mining region of Minas Gerais. The threads of all three cases converge in this investigative documentary into a global chain leading from Latin America through influential European banks to Asian buyers.


The Illusion of Abundance

Original Title

La ilusion de la abundancia

Original Language

English, Portuguese, Spanish


English, Czech


Czech premiere

Year of Production


Country of Origin

Belgium, Colombia


60 min.


Nature, Politics, Missuse of Power, Latin America

Matthieu Lietaert
Matthieu Lietaert

- Co-Director - THE BRUSSEL BUSINESS , about lobbying in the EU (ARTE, RTBF, ORF) 2012 - Sold to seven other broadcasters. + interactive online project for ARTE at the EU parliament. - Author - NOS CHERS PARADIS (ARTE 2016), a participative film made by 800 EU citizens launched first during COP 21 in Paris. - Co-director - The Illusion of Abundance (post-production, 2022)

Erica Andrea Gonzalez Ramirez
Erica Andrea Gonzalez Ramirez

The Illusion of Abundance