In 1984, Swedish mining conglomerate Boliden began shipping toxic waste to Chile. 20,000 tonnes of lead, arsenic and mercury-laden waste were dumped in the northern desert town Arica. The waste material laid unattended for years and thousands of people fell victim to cancer, birth defects and neurological disorders.
In 2009, Lars Edman and William Johansson released their first film about the case. Toxic Playground sparked the interest among a group of lawyers who decided to bring Boliden to court.
With unique access to the legal team, Lars and William, follow this landmark case from the inside. They return to Arica with the lawyers to capture new evidence and renew acquaintances with young mother Jocelyn, campaigner Rodrigo and Patricia, who’s daughter has a severe disability, caused by high levels of arsenic in her blood.
Lars is called as a witness, and in court he meets again with Rolf Svedberg, the man who signed the export papers that made the export possible in the 80’s and who had the role of the whistleblower in the first film. Will he stand by his statements or will he switch sides and obey to his master’s voice?
It’s a struggle with David versus Goliath. Will the mining giant win or will David show that justice can be within the reach of the poor and vulnerable?