We the Stones

”There’s nobody here anymore. You must go to the nearest city if you want to even look at women.”

We the Stones is about the coastal area of Costa Rica – considered as the model country of nature conservation – where a group of gold panners sunk in poverty and nostalgia continue their silent resistance against the government.

”There isn’t anybody here anymore. You must go to the nearest city if you want to even look at women”, the Costa Rican panners sigh, standing on the river bank in their worn down rubber boots.

The leisurely advancing We the Stones takes place on the coast of Costa Rica, where gold has been panned for decades. The gold panners were however evicted from the best deposits when the government decided to establish a conservation park on the area.

Outside the park, in the midst of jungle scenery, a few numbered group of poor and nostalgic gold panners still work while executing their silent resistance against the government. Alongside a societal conflict there is a story about male loneliness and the longing of female company.

The film asks: who has the right to use nature’s resources? According to law, private gold mining is forbidden but the men mining for gold with traditional pans say to have been there long before tourists.

Kukka-Maria Ahokas (Translation: Miia Mäkelä)

Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

  • Name in Original Language: Nosotros las Piedras
  • Director: Álvaro Torres Crespo
  • Country: Costa Rica, Mexico
  • Year: 2017
  • Length: 74 min
  • Age limit: K16
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Caleb B. Kuntz
  • Editing: Mauricio Lenz
  • Music: David Stükenberg
  • Production: Amaya Izquierdo / Betta Films S.A.


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