Kayapo Filmmaker: “Video Is our Bow”

Belo Monte on the Xingu River is among more than 60 dam constructions approved by the Brazilian government to increase energy production, despite more than two decades of protests and battles about its sustainability and legality. The Kayapo and other indigenous and environmental groups oppose the dam project due to its negative environmental impacts on their lands and traditional ways of life. Here the indigenous community use film to record what officials say and do, thus holding the government accountable. The link below will take you to National Geographic's website where the film can be viewed See also the link to LifeMosaic's Communication Resource page, which provides resources to promote discussion: What are the key messages that are important to share about your community? In what ways do you want to share information about your community to the wider world? In what ways does your community share information within your community? How can this be improved? The Communications video looks at the ways three communities in Indonesia, Tanzania and Ecuador are using radio, internet, mainstream national and international media and video to bring the stories of their struggles to both the wider world and their local area.


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