A toxic waste scandal

“A grimly enthralling piece of campaigning cinema… It’s as much a film about legal process as social injustice, and the nitty-gritty is eye-opening”

Arica is now available to watch On Demand. 

Watch it today on Apple Store, Amazon Prime, Google Play or YouTube.

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Also available to watch free with an Amazon Prime subscription on Freevee

A Swedish mining company exports 20,000 tonnes of toxic waste to the Chilean desert town of Arica. Thousands of people become sick, many die from cancer. Arica plunges us into the groundbreaking corporate accountability trial which begins after Lars Edman – born in Chile and raised in Boliden, birthplace of the company – exposes the scandal.

Alongside his co-director William Johansson, Lars follows the story for 15 years, exposing how decisions made decades ago in Europe continue to affect people in South America. Part personal journey, part courtroom drama, ARICA is the story of an afflicted community fighting for justice against a multinational company desperate to clear their name.

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Released in cinemas in the UK/Ireland on Friday 6th May 2022

  • Directors: Lars Edman/William Johansson Kalén
  • Year: Sweden 2020
  • Duration: 97 minutes
  • Cert: PG
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Production company: Laika Film & Television.

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Where you can watch Arica in cinemas

More dates coming soon – let us know if we’re missing a cinema near you!



HOME, Manchester From Friday 6th May
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne From Friday 6th May (Q&A Mon 9th May)
Showroom, Sheffield From Friday 6th May
Phoenix Cinema, Oban From Friday 6th May
Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling From Friday 6th May
Aberystwyth Arts Centre Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th May
Bertha Dochouse, London From Sunday 15th May
Barn Cinema, Dartington Tuesday 17th May
Phoenix, Leicester Saturday 21st (inc. Zoom Q&A) & Mon 23rd May
Barn Cinema, Dartington Sunday 22nd May
QUAD, Derby From Friday 27th May
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal Friday 27th May
Lexi Cinema, London Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th May & Thursday 2nd June
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax Sunday 29th & Tuesday 31st May
Warwick Arts Centre Monday 6th – Wednesday 8th June
Eden Court Theatre & Cinema, Inverness Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th June
Gulbenkian, Canterbury Monday 13th June
The Poly, Falmouth Thursday 16th June

“…the piece is very powerful and it takes very little to empathise with Arica’s community. The good fight is brilliantly told and the film sheds light on a shameful case of modern colonialism.”

Davide Abbatescianni, CineEuropa

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