“I Live for Art”, A Short Film About the First Government of Jamaica-Chinese Infrastructure Project
Here’s a film by Jamaican film maker, Esther Figueroa.
Here’s what Esther has to say about the film, “In view of the planned trans-shipment port slated to be built and owned by the Chinese in the Portland Bight Protected Area off the south coast of Jamaica (jamaicaobserver.com/news/Officials-insist-Goat-Islands-must-be-protected) you might want to watch my latest environmental short “I live for Art – An Ecocide Romance” about the first Government of Jamaica-Chinese infrastructure project, the Palisadoes Shoreline Protection and Rehabilitation Works Project.
“I Live for Art” contains three years of documentary footage of the transformation of the Palisadoes tombolo, from the launch of the road works project to its “completion” in breach of the environmental clauses of the contract.
“I Live for Art” premiered in June at the Kingston on the Edge Short Film Festival.
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“I Live for Art – An Ecocide Romance” is a twelve minute video by Esther Figueroa (Vagabond Media) about the Palisadoes Shoreline Rehabilitation and Protection Works Project in Jamaica, that began in 2010 and ran out of money in 2013 ending in breach of the environmental requirements of the project.
Funded via a loan to the Jamaican Government from the China Development Bank with the contract going to China Habour Engineering Company Ltd. the actual cost of the approximately 4 kilometers of road works is estimated at $70 million US dollars which is over $70 Billion JA dollars.
This does not include repayment of the loan.
One wonders if this is the most sensible use of funds in an impoverished and indebted country like Jamaica.
Palisadoes which is supposed to be protected under the local National Resources Conservation Act and the international Ramsar Convention that designates Palisadoes as a Wetland of International Importance has been stripped of almost all naturally protective elements – the sand dunes, plant cover and mangroves – which have been substituted with tons of rocks dug up from riverbeds and hillsides and along with concrete placed on both sides of the Palisadoes strip.
Nature has been “protected” from nature.