Jul 20 2008
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Wed July 23 – Samarendra Das and Andri Snær at Reykjavik Academia

On Wednesday July 23, 19.30 h. Saving Iceland will hold a conference with the Indian writer, scientist and aluminium expert Samarendra Das and ‘Dreamland’ author Andri Snær Magnusson, on the influence of the aluminium industry in the third world. Also, the concept of aluminium as a ‘green’ product will be examined. The evening is organised jointly with Futureland. It will take place at the Reykjavikurakademian house on Hringbraut 121.

Last year, Das unfortunately had to cancel for the Saving Iceland conference ‘Consequences of heavy industry’ in Olfus, where Magnusson spoke as well as guests from Trinidad, South Africa, Brazil and various other countries. Saving Iceland is happy to finally have the opportunity to welcome Samarendra to Iceland.

On the 21st, there will also be a talk by Das in the Peace House, Njalsgata 87 (corner with Snorrabraut) at 20.00h.

As an investigative journalist and National Executive member of Samajwadi Jan Parishad, Samarendra has been involved in campaigning against bauxite mining for the last seven years. During this period he has been documenting the events and writing about it in various media including Tehelka and Vikalpa Vichar. He has also written three books and edited two, published around 200 articles and reviews on various issues, and is currently finishing a book on the aluminium industry and the local resistance with the anthroplogist Felix Padel.

He has also made a feature length documentary on the campaign called WIRA PDIKA (Earth worm: Company man) 124 mins, mini-dv, 2005 with Amarendra Das, who is an alumni of The Film and Television Institute of India.

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