Video / Audio - Community Organising
What are the benefits of secure tenure for indigenous peoples, for the environment and for wider society? This video is part of the 'Territories of Life' toolkit, a series of 10 short videos that share stories of resistance, resilience and hope with communities on the frontline of the global rush for land. The Territories of Life toolkit is being shared freely with thousands of communities around the world whose territories are central to their way of being.
Based on Dadang Pohon Tua’s song, “Siapa Lagi Kalau Bukan Kita” (“If not us then who”), each singer sings the chorus in their mother tongue language. Their message is clear: Speak your mother tongue with pride!
The Brazilian government is planning to build a vast number of big dams on the rivers around the Amazon Rainforest, destroying biodiversity and disrupting the way of life of thousands of Amerindians and local populations. Now that the work is well under way on the huge Belo Monte dam, on the Xingu river, the government is pushing ahead with its next big project - a series of dams on the Tapajós river. But 12,000 Munduruku Indians, long feared as warriors, live here and are fighting back. This documentary, filmed in late 2013 and early 2014, looks at life in a Munduruku village, where traditional skills are practised and children are brought up with remarkable freedom. It documents the growth of resistance, even among the women, not traditionally fighters, some of whom are emerging as guerreiras (woman warriors). This video was produced independently, with the support of some organizations in the UK, such as LAB and Lipman Miliband Trust, Munduruku leaders and their local supporters. The post-production process was made thanks to collaborative and solidarity work. (Nayana Fernandez 2014)
In Defence of Life, a film by Jess Phillimore for The Gaia Foundation, follows the struggles and triumphs of four communities resisting large-scale mining projects in Colombia, the Philippines, South Africa and Romania. Courageous environmental and human rights defenders from these communities describe how they have suffered and why they are standing firm to protect their families, land, water and life from destruction by mining. Their inspiring David and Goliath struggles demonstrate that when injustice and destruction become globalised, so does resistance.(The Gaia Foundation 2015)
The Kichwa tribe in the Sarayaku region of the Amazon in Ecuador believe in the ‘living forest’, where humans, animals and plants live in harmony. They are fighting oil companies who want to exploit their ancestral land. A delegation of indigenous people are at the Paris COP21 climate conference to make sure their voices are heard. Can they win their battle? (The Guardian, 2015).
"Our Land, Our Life" presents the struggle of Carrie and Mary Dann, two Western Shoshone elders, to address the threat mining development poses to the sacred and environmentally sensitive lands of Crescent Valley, Nevada (Oxfam America, 2008).
“Voices Through Time” documents how men, women and youth members of the Indigenous Communicators Network of Peru supported by CHIRAPAQ, use the radio as well as new information and communication technologies, as tools to take control of their representation in the media, preserve their cultures and identities, and defend and exercise their rights. In their own voices the women involved in this process explain to us the impact that communication has had on their communities and the importance self-expression has in their lives. The aspiration of the Network is to construct a national system of communication expressly from and for indigenous peoples (CHIRAPAQ / UNPFII, 2010.)
This is a teaser for a NEW documentary film about Kukama indigenous people from Peru’s Amazon who are using ancient myths and art to defend their sacred rivers from destruction. Legends about the Amazon’s rivers will be told through animations painted by Kukama children and adults, including the story of the Karwara spirits, or people of the river, who protect the waters and environment. Real-life footage will show how the Kukama live in harmony with their rivers, which they depend upon for survival. (Quisca Productions, 2015)
It was their native customary land until palm oil companies came and claimed it as their own. This is the story of Melikin. The story of many indigenous peoples in Sarawak, Malaysia. A short film from PANAP showing grassroots resistance by the indigenous peoples of a small community, who were joined by their neighbours, to protest against company control of their lands. (www.panap.net)
The Next Generation Indigenous Peoples Leadership Training took place in Sungai Utik longhouse in March 2014 bringing together over 20 young indigenous leaders from the Philippines and Indonesia including participants from Sungai Utik itself. This is a short film about the training. (AMAN / The Samdhana Institute / LifeMosaic, 2014)