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THE ROADS

There are no roads to get to the Cree community of Whapmagoostui, Pakesso's home, or to Sarayaku, Eriberto' community. To both of them, you arrive by plane or by the river.

Arriving Sarayaku by plane one can see an emerald forest. It's that way because the people of Sarayaku fought to protect it from oil exploration. They won. But 20 minutes flight from Sarayaku, we can see the roads entering the forest and where there are roads, there are a lot of deforestation.
Sarayaku was offered...

KONNECTED CREW WITH THE GUALINGA FAMILY

It was such an honor to be welcomed into their home. Long conversations about ancient stories of the Sarayaku, ceremonies that started at around 03.00 am, walking into the forest to see them working on their patch of land were unforgettable moments.

WORDS OF WISDOM

When you listen to the forest you speak words of wisdom. When I listen to Eriberto it seems that I'm listening to the forest, the people, the streams, the animals, the water. He speaks with the soft voice of all of them in unison to d

Eriberto Benedicto Gualinga of the Sarayaku people is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and musician whose lifework is to tell the political and social stories of his people as they face off against oil companies infringing on their territorial rights. Residing in the central Ecuadorian Amazon, the Sarayaku community comprises around 1,200 indigenous Kichwa people who boast one of the most successful histories of defending their land from resource extraction. Last year marked a new chapter in thei...

Each day, 80,000 acres of rainforest are destroyed and another 80,000 acres are degraded.
One and a half acres of rainforest are lost every second.
1.4 tons of high grade explosives were left on the Sarayaku’s land by the oil company.

We base ourselves on the stories of our past in our walk towards the future.
- Eriberto Gualinga

We need our elders’ knowledge, our traditions, our education and rules to maintain our survival with Mother Nature.
- Eriberto Gualinga

In Western culture, the future is tomorrow. For us, the future depends on the past.
- Eriberto Gualinga

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LOS JÓVENES LÍDERES INDÍGENAS NOS TRAEN ESPERANZAS.

Regresar al Perú para filmar fue para mí un regreso a la tierra que alimentó mis raíces, a las montañas que cuidaron de mis primeros pasos de infante y hacía el pueblo que sembró en mi una

Photo- We were invited to stop filming and join the circle to talk about Indigenous identity. They youth were very interested and curious about First Nations in Canada. Pakesso and Eli shared their experiences and the conversation was so emotional that f

Photo- An entire community maintain this pre-contact bridge, using the Inca’s techniques. This is a communal work and everyone has the responsibility to participate.

YOUNG INDIGENOUS LEADERS ARE SOURCE OF HOPE

Filming in the Andes of Peru was for me going back to land that nourished my roots, to the mountains that took care of my first steps and to the people who seeded my identity.
I was also going back to meet T


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