Sundance Institute | Candescent Award

Marmato was a Candescent Award winner at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The Candescent Award was created by Lilly Hartley in partnership with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (DFP) and is awarded to powerful social issue films that have been supported during production by the DFP and that premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Candescent is a supporter of the Sundance Institute and believes in the exceptional mentors, filmmakers and leaders that create a sense of community through the Sundance Institute DFP.


If Colombia is the focal point of the new global gold rush, then Marmato, a mining town with over 500 years of history, is the new frontier. In its mountain there are $20 billion dollars in gold, but its 8,000 inhabitants are at risk of being displaced by an open-pit mining project. Marmato chronicles how the townspeople confront a Canadian mining company that wants the gold beneath their homes. Filmed over the course of 6 years, Marmato is a canvas of magic realism and the confrontation with globalized mining.

A highly conscientious debut feature...equal parts passion and compassion—Variety



Mark Grieco is an independent filmmaker and photojournalist focused on human rights and justice in the global economy. He has spent many years in Latin America producing photography. Mark studied film production at New York University. Marmato is his first feature documentary.