Messages from our Worlds

logoWith my co-filmmaker and girlfriend Pauline, we’re travelling across South and Central looking for Messages from our Worlds. We meet communities that fight to preserve their own vision of the world and their way of life. We aim to question the universality of “civilization” or “development”, other words for our western society model that has been imposed to other people throughout history. We believe that truly listening to other cultures will help us address the contemporary global challenges.

Donald Moncayo showing the damage caused by Texaco (now Chevron) in the Ecuadorian Amazon region.
Donald Moncayo showing the damage caused by Texaco (now Chevron) in the Ecuadorian Amazon region.

The title, Messages from our Worlds, underlines the cultural plurality that exists on this planet that we all share.

 

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Between two interview with Conamaq, in Bolivia

Until now, we visited

In Brazil

  • Potiguaras, protecting their environment and their culture,
  • Guaranis Kaiowas, fighting against violent landlords to keep their territory,
  • Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais sem Terra (MST), applying the long awaited land reform and fighting against the agro-industrial model,
  • Amazonian tribes, protecting the uncontacted and isolated tribes,
  • Yanomamis, struggling to preserve their territory against illegal mining,
  • Egydio Schwade, co-founder of the CIMI, trying to show to Brazilians how rich the indigenous cultures are;

In Argentina

  • Creciendo Juntos educative community, a school built and managed by the parents, pupils and teachers,
  • No a la Mina movement, created by the citizens of the Patagonian city Esquel, to fight against gold mining,
  • Humahuaca communities, trying to preserve their way of life against the massive invasion of tourism;

In Chile

  • Mapuche, the well-known people that resisted to the Incas and the Spanish, but that still has to fight to preserve their territory against the transnationals and the Chilean state,
  • Canal 3 la Victoria, a local and pirate TV Channel, held by the inhabitants of the infamous La Victoria, to show the true image of their neighbourhood and to prove that medias can be managed by the people,
  • Patagonia sin Represa movement, that won a fight against a huge dam project that would have been used to fuel mining, and that proposes many alternatives for the isolated Aysen province;

In Bolivia

  • Conamaq, fighting to defend the rights of the Andean indigenous communities,
  • Communities living in the Isiboro Secure indigenous territory and national park  (TIPNIS), victims of multiple invasions int their supposedly protected territory,
  • Anarcho-feminist group Mujeres Creando, opposing machismo in Bolivia;

In Peru

  • FENAMAD, a platform working to guarantee the local community territory, and supporting the preservation of the local cultures,
  • Permacultura Peru, trying to show a new way of understanding the nature in one of the world’s most polluted city,
  • Communities opposing the Conga project, that support the Maxima Acuña’s family fight  against a hugely destructive mining transnational company;

In Ecuador

  • Anti-Chevron movement, that won a juridical fight against Chevron to force them to repair the tremendous damages caused in the Amazon region,
  • Kayambis, organizing to defend and value their way of life and their vision of the world,
  • Nina Pacari, the first indigenous minister of Ecuador,
  • CEAS, a small NGO working with the indigenous communities in the Chimborazo region;

In Colombia

In Nicaragua

  • MAM (Movimiento Autónomo de Mujeres de Nicaragua), a feminist movement fighting against patriarchy and for social change.
  • Consejo nacional en defensa de la tierra, del lago y de la soberanía, a farmers’ movement fighting against the Nicaragua Canal project, defending their land and culture.

In Honduras

  • COPINH (Consejo cívico de organizaciones populares e indígenas de Honduras), a movement defending the Lenca indigenous people, whose leader, Berta Caceres, was recently assassinated.
  • OFRANEH Garifuna (Organización fraternal negra hondureña), defending the rights of the Garifuna community on the caribbean coast.

In Guatemala

  • Qachuu Aloom “Madre Tierra”, a organization of the Achi indigenous people, protecting the native seeds, the local biodiversity and empowering local farmers

In Mexico

  • The Zapatistas, who led a world famous revolution in 1994, before switching to a peaceful fight, to defend the rights of the local indigenous communities, their autonomy and to propose an entirely different society model than neoliberalism.
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A proud Mapuche mother, that led her sons to retake the land from which she had been violently expelled in her childhood.

 

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Filming in the desert in Humahuaca, Argentina