Tolfa Short Film Festival

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SARAYAKU: THE VICTORY OF THE EARTH, THE VICTORY OF THE RIGHTS

The native peoples of Latin America, Africa and Asia since a long time are victims of marginalizing and discrimination. Even when they live in areas rich in minerals and other natural resources, in fact, they are hardest hit by poverty and they are denied participation in the decisions made on their lands, their means of livelihood and their lives.

Through the screening of the documentary “The descendants of the Jaguar”, shot  in Ecuador by members of the community of Sarayaku,

we’ll talk about the journey of this native people towards justice for assert their right to be consulted on the draft plans that the multinational oil companies want to start on their lands.

To join us in this journey will be Eriberto Gualinga, guest of Amnesty International Italy, director of the documentary and a member of the community of Sarayaku, and Laura Renzi (coordinator of campaigns, Amnesty International Italy).who will lead the testimony of his people.

The event  is scheduled for Friday, June 7 at 21:00 with the screening of the documentary “The descendants of the Jaguar” (co-production Pueblo Originario Kichwa of  Sarayaku  and Amnesty International) and, subsequently, with the debate and updates on the situation in Ecuador.

The documentary recounts the struggle of the native community of Sarayaku, who lives in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, to defend their human rights and those of many other communities in Latin America. A few years ago, the government of Ecuador has authorized an oil company to enter the land of Sarayaku to perform drilling for oil. Neither the government nor the oil company consulted the Sarayaku to see if the project respected their traditions and their way of life. Since then, the Sarayaku began a campaign for their right to be consulted on development projects that affect them.

Presentations by: Eriberto Gualinga (director, community of Sarayaku);
                         Laura Renzi (coordinator of campaigns, Amnesty International Italy).